Statement on passing of OBS founder Manolo Romero
World Archery president Prof Dr Ugur Erdener issued the following statement after the news of the death of the founder of Olympic Broadcasting Services Manolo Romero:
“My deepest condolences go to the family for this sad loss. Manolo was a pivotal figure in the history of the Olympic Movement and also made an essential contribution to archery’s evolution into the 21st century.”
“His expertise was invaluable in the development of the matchplay round and he leaves an important legacy in the broadcast format of archery.”
Romero was first in charge of broadcast operations at the Olympics since Los Angeles 1984, having been involved since 1968, and created the host broadcast organisation for the Games alongside the International Olympic Committee in the early 2000s.
He is credited with lending professional counsel in the development of a spectator-friendly competition for the sport of archery at the Olympic Games, which perseveres in the current head-to-head format.
Image courtesy International Olympic Committee.