POSTED: April 11th 2015

World Archery Excellence Center to be built as a cutting edge archery facility in the Olympic Capital

Prof Dr Ugur Erdener, IOC President Dr Thomas Bach and Lausanne City officials laying the first stone in Lausanne © WA
Prof Dr Ugur Erdener, IOC President Dr Thomas Bach and Lausanne City officials laying the first stone in Lausanne © WA

CHAD MARINO / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Prof. Dr. Uger Erdener, World Archery president, has laid the entail groundwork for the World Archery Excellence Centre in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne. The center is currently under construction and is set to become a mecca for the development of Archery at all levels.

The idea for this center was conceived in 2009 by the Development Foundation of World Archery (FIDTA). The center is projected to be completed sometime next year, with the center officially opening its doors after the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In accordance with World Archery's commitment to sustainability, the center will take numerous steps towards achieving this including ecofriendly ways of lighting and heating the facility.

This new world-class archery venue will include indoor and outdoor ranges for international athletes to train for international archery events and future Olympic Games, the facility will also include a state of the art gym. The center will also host courses for the sports officials and coaches in its conference and meeting rooms. With archery's commitment for being a sport for all, the facilities will also be used to hold training camps for young people from the local community and as an outreach center for archery in the local area.

IOC President DR. Thomas Bach, and representatives from Federal, Cantonal and City authorities joined Prof Dr. Ugur Erdener at the world archery excellence center first stone ceremony.

President Bach has continued to be a strong supporter of the new project, during his speech ceremony the president said: "Archery is one of the most ancient sports, but it has also been an innovator throughout its history, and that is shown here at this center once more. We are looking forward to seeing many future Olympians and Olympic and Youth Olympic Champions prepare here for Buenos Aires"

After the ceremony, Prof Dr. Ugur Erdener said: "This is a historic moment for archery. We are very grateful for the support of the Canton of Vaud, the city of Lausanne, IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach, the board of FIDTA and everyone else who made this project possible."

"Over the last few years we have seen a dramatic increase in participation and global recognition in our sport. There is still much work to do and as an organization and a sport we constantly aim to innovate, evolve and development."

"Vital to this mission is the World Archery Excellence Centre: a hub, cornerstone and a state-of-the-art example of archery's drive to always improve. We are confident that this new facility will help us build on the momentum archery has built over the past few years, serve our development goals and move towards a future where everyone has the opportunity to make the sport of archery their elite or recreational activity of choice." 

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