World Archery secretary general elected World Games vice president

Tom Dielen speaks during the International World Games Association AGM in 2023.

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen has been elected vice president of the International World Games Association during its annual general meeting in Madrid.

“I look forward to working with President [José] Perurena, who I also congratulate on his re-election, to make the next World Games in Chengdu a fantastic success,” he said.

“My thanks to the member federations of the International World Games Association for their support.”

Dielen received 28 votes (90%) in favour and replaces outgoing vice president Max Bishop from the World Air Sports Federation, who did not stand for re-election.

He previously served in the same role from 2005 to 2009 and as a member of the organisation’s board until 2017.

One of the longest-serving executives in international sport, Dielen joined World Archery to establish its professional office in 1996. He worked at the World Anti-Doping Agency from 2002 before returning to the international federation as secretary general in 2005.

Field archery has been on the programme of the World Games since 1985. The compound events were changed to the discipline of target archery in 2013.