Final Edinburgh 2010 wins best event award – Istanbul venue under construction:
FITA News: World Archery was very happy that the Archery World Cup Final won the prestigious Best Sports Event award of 2010 at Scottish Event Awards. This shows that not only the archery family but the experts in event management appreciate the efforts made by our team that we are more than a sport competition but a true event.The event fought off strong competition from another Edinburgh contender, the World Youth Climbing Championships—both events took place in what was dubbed Edinburgh’s ‘Super September of Sport’. The event also has shown that there was a strong public interest in Scotland for archery, since the event was not only a success on television but also on site.
“This is fantastic for the city of Edinburgh, Event Scotland, Rare Management and World Archery since it has shown that our sport really made a difference,” stated Tom DIELEN, World Archery Secretary General. “We were delighted to work with our friends from Edinburgh and Scotland and we hope to work once more with them in the future.”
Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion Councillor Steve CARDOWNIE said: “To be in the running for five major industry awards is a remarkable achievement in itself and all credit must go to everyone involved in making these events so resoundingly successful, not least the Council’s highly committed sports and events teams.
Biggest congratulations to all those behind the Archery World Cup Final, they should be very proud of their Best Sports Event gong. This Administration will do everything to continue with its efforts to attract top class Cultural and Sporting events to the City and this is a lasting reward for our efforts.”
“This is really great news, and I’m delighted to hear it,” said Archery GB’s Chief Executive David SHERRATT. “It was a fantastic event, and this award is a tribute to the organisers. But it is also a tribute to the fantastic band of volunteers from the archery family that were an integral part of the event running so smoothly. It was a wonderful weekend, there was a terrific atmosphere, the event was held in a superb setting, and we attracted enormous interest from the public, many of whom enjoyed the experience of the ‘Have a Go’ opportunities.”
Istanbul venue under preparation:
As we look back, at the same time we are only a few days from the start of the 2011 World Cup Final in Istanbul. The venue is under construction and the first images show that it will be once more a fantastic backdrop for our sport.
Tom DIELEN added: “We look forward to be once more in Istanbul [the city hosted the 1997 World Archery Indoor Championships] which is bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The 2012 edition will be in Tokyo which also will be bidding for the same Games, so it will be a showcase event for both cities and it will be interesting to see the difference in culture and approach to the same event.”
The World Cup Grand Final is the second archery event from last year to be honoured with an award. The Archery GB National Series Grand Final at Leamington the week before the Edinburgh event won the award for the best sports event hosted in the West Midlands in 2010.