The International Archery Federation (FITA) promises another spectacular show for the Archery World Cup Final 2007, on 24 November in Dubai (UAE). The archers will be shooting on a lake! It will be shown on television worldwide.
The fans still remember the spectacular World Cup Final 2006 in the heart of Maya pyramids in Merida (MEX). The 2007 edition promises to be as exciting as FITA will build a platform for the archers and the targets on an inside lake. The Madinat Jumeirah resort will serve as a magnificent venue with the famous 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab. The competition will take place on Saturday 24 November with a live TV coverage from 15h00-16h30 local time (11h00-12h30 GMT).
The top 4 archers in the world per category qualified through the World Cup stages earlier this year. In Dubai, the athletes will play semi-finals, bronze and gold medal matches. They are:
Recurve Women: Natalya ERDYNIYEVA (RUS), Dola BANERJEE (IND), CHOI Eun Young (KOR), and the World Cup Final winner in 2006, ZHANG Juan Juan (CHN).
Compound Women: Jamie VAN NATTA (USA), Petra ERICSSON (SWE), Anna KAZANTSEVA (RUS), and the World Cup Final Winner 2006 Sofia GONCHAROVA (RUS).
The 12 countries and 4 continents represented in this World Cup Final shows the strength of archery worldwide. The four Russians archers and Dola Banerjee from India should also attract a lot fans from two of the biggest communities in Dubai.
The Meteksan Archery World Cup has enjoyed superb television success since its launch with 900 millions TV viewers in 2006. In 2007, the viewership should break 1 billion. Some of the TV channels that have shown archery live or in highlights include Eurosport, ESPN, Fox Sport International, Sports Russia, TRT, Ten Sports, MBC (Korea), CCTV (China), etc… The World Cup Final will be shown live in Dubai and in many countries around the world.
Setting up exciting sports events in truly special location like the ancient Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens (GRE), the Mayapan Pyramids or a floating venue in Dubai has been a key factor of success for archery. FITA is looking for some more extraordinary location and has launched an official bidding process for the World Cup Final 2010 and 2011.
In the meantime, FITA is looking forward to put a true archery showcase in Dubai!
For more information, please contact:
International Archery Federation
Marketing and Communication Director
Tel: +41 21 614 3061