World Archery looks to Develop Archery in Africa with OlympAfrica Deal

April 16, 2013

World Archery (WA) has signed a partnership agreement with OlympAfrica for the development of archery in Africa, adiposity especially for the youth.

OlympAfrica is a foundation founded by the late HE Mr Juan Antonio SAMARANCH, former President of the International Olympic Committee. The foundation is supported by the International Olympic Committee; the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa; the International Association of Athletics Federation and Daimler Chrysler for the development of sports at a recreational and grassroots level in 46 African countries.

In collaboration with the National Olympic Committees of each of these countries, OlympAfrica has set up centres dedicated to sports activities, workshops, HIV prevention, coach education and much more. The aim of these centres is to involve the youth in sports and activities that are good for their future development once they have finished their day at school. It’s an excellent talent identification initiative, particularly with the introduction of the Youth Olympic Games in the Olympic Programme. 

World Archery Secretary General Tom DIELEN, the Director of the WA Development Department Pascal COLMAIRE and Development Coordinator Deqa NIAMKEY, met with the Director of OlympAfrica, Thierno DIACK, at the WA headquarters in Lausanne to finalise and sign the partnership agreement. It was agreed that a pilot project will be introduced in Niger for 2013, followed by other countries in agreement with the WA Member Associations.