Prof Dr Uğur ERDENER re-elected World Archery President

Belek, Sept 29, 2013: The second day of the 50th World Archery Congress featured the election of the new President, in which Prof Dr Uğur ERDENER was the only candidate, and other important positions across World Archery’s governance.

Prof Dr Uğur ERDENER was re-elected with 93 votes in favour and 2 votes against, reflecting the overwhelming support for his management.

The results of the Vice-Presidents election are the following:

María Emma GAVIRIA (COL)


Philippe BOUCLET (FRA)

With these candidates removed from the voting for the remaining Executive Board places, the following members achieved majorities and will complete a four-year term:


Vladimir ESHEEV (RUS)

Aladin GABR (EGY)

World Archery is very proud that for the first time an Executive Board Member was elected from an African Member Association. Mr Aladin GABR is the President of World Archery Africa and has been instrumental in the development of the Egyptian team that won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin earlier this year and also obtained the gold with Ibrahim SABRY at the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The number of Member Associations is growing steadily in Africa and therefore having a member in the Executive Board is a logical consequence of the development of archery in Africa.

Find the complete results of the elections of the 50th World Archery Congress.


Trophies were awarded to the best archery nations for the World Cup seasons 2011-2013:

Highest number of participations

United States



World Cup 2011

United States



World Cup 2012

United States



World Cup 2013


United States


Several honours were awarded to individuals working hard towards promotion and development of archery worldwide. María Emma GAVIRIA (COL) was the first person honoured, with the Women and Sports Trophy.

Bronze plaquettes were awarded to the following persons for their contribution to the growing success of our sport:

Mrs Pauline BETTERIDGE (GBR): Head of Classification for Archery at the International Paralympic Committee and World Archery for fourteen years

Mrs Rita VAN DRIEL (NED): Retiring chair of World Archery Para-Archery Committee

Mrs GUO Bei (CHN): Former international judge, also involved in the organisation of the Shanghai World Cup, and Member of World Archery Asia

Mr Greg EASTON (USA): Organiser of the Ogden World Cup from 2010 until 2012 and the Youth World Championships in 2009 in Ogden

The following persons received Silver plaquettes:

Mrs Eva THESEN (NOR): Technical Delegate at the London Olympic Games and other major international events

Mr Chris MARSH (GBR): London Olympic and Paralympic Games Competition Manager

Mr Sergio FONT (CUB): Member and President of the World Archery Judges Committee, Judge at several major international events, Secretary General of the Cuban Archery Federation and more recently World Archery Americas

Mr Willem TRIENEKENS (NED): President of the Dutch Archery Federation, Member of the Executive Board, and devoted actor of our sport development

Finally, Golden Arrow Awards were presented to some remarkable personalities for their exceptional lifetime services to archery:

Dr Jacques ROGGE, President of the International Olympic Committee

Mr CHUNG Eui-Sun, President of the Asian and Korean Archery Federations

Prof Dr Uğur ERDENER, President of World Archery and Member of the International Olympic Committee

Before the conclusion of Congress, the delegates of all participating Member Associations and members of the Executive Board received commemorative medals presented by London Olympic medallists:

– KI Bo Bae, YUN Ok Hee, IM Dong Hyun and OH Jin Hyek (KOR)

– Michele FRANGILLI and Mauro NESPOLI (ITA)

– Mariana AVITIA and Aída ROMAN (MEX)

This concluded the World Archery Congress, which will be followed by the Opening Ceremony of the 47th World Archery Championships in Belek Antalya. —- World Archery Communication

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