Namibia to host FAA championship

04 Dec 2015 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) – The Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) will next year host the 11th Federation of African Archery (FAA) championship and the Africa continental qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
The tournament will be hosted from 28 to 31 January in Windhoek.
The African continental qualifying tournament will be used as a qualifier for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for compound archers.
This will be the third time Namibia hosts a major archery tournament. In 2008 the country hosted the World Archery event with 32 countries and over 300 archers taking part. In 2014 it hosted the African Continental Youth Archery Championship.
To host the two events over four days next year, Namibia beat Egypt, who also bid to host the event.
The tournament and championship will see 13 countries participating and over 86 archers are expected to compete in the event.
Speaking at a media conference organised by AAN here on Thursday, the association’s president Frank Bockmuhl said hosting the championship will put the much-needed spotlight on archery as a sport and create interest within communities in Namibia.
“The hosting of this event was granted by the Namibia National Sports Commission and carries the blessing of the Namibia National Olympic Committee. The African archery championship is the highest level of competition for Africa’s archer.
“The medal winners in the compound category at this tournament might qualify to the Olympic Games next which makes this event a huge tournament,” said Bockmuhl.
Only recurve and compound archers will compete in the tournament.
A recurve bow is a bow with limbs that curve away from the archer when unstrung. The bow stores more energy and delivers energy more efficiently than an equivalent straight-limbed bow, giving a greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow.
A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limb. The limbs of a compound bow are much stiffer than those of a recurve bow or longbow.
This rigidity makes the compound bow more energy-efficient than other bows, as less energy is dissipated in limb movement.
Namibia’s representatives at the event are:
Compound Men: Francois Marais; Louw Nel and Ben van Wyk
Compound Women: Ilan Malan; Elisabeth Taljaard and Beanta Viviers
Recurve Men: Paul Grobler; Adriaan Grobler and Xander Reddig