World Archery president elected to board of World Masters Games

Prof Dr Ugur Erdener at World Archery Congress in 2021.

World Archery president Prof Dr Ugur Erdener has been elected to the board of the International Masters Games Association at its general assembly held online today.

He is now one of six representatives of international sports federations to sit on the body, alongside five independent members. These were the first elections to take place since a governance review and subsequent rearrangement of the board to its current structure.

Prof Dr Erdener’s candidature was submitted by World Archery to add medical expertise.

A respected ophthalmologist by profession, Prof Dr Erdener is also an executive board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency and chair of the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission.

He has served as president of World Archery since 2005.

The International Masters Games Association is responsible for promoting healthy activity among mature sportspeople through the World Masters Games and its regional counterparts.

The first World Archery Masters Championships were held in Lausanne in 2018.

World titles for the 50-plus age group were due to be awarded at the World Masters Games in Kansai in 2021 – but this event was delayed (eventually until 2027) due to the worldwide pandemic. The next World Masters Games are now scheduled for Chinese Taipei in 2025, while the European Masters Games will take place in the Finnish city of Tampere in 2023.