Summary – 4th July

Penultimate day of the 10th World University Archery Championship has gone. The contenders fought for promotion to the tomorrow’s finals individually and also in four team games for bronze medals, that was scored by Japan in women’s recurve, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in men’s recurve, United States of America in women’s compound and Turkey in men’s compound.

Tomorrow (5th July) we are expecting 10 final games and four more bronze medal shootings. We start it up since 11am. The beginning of Opening Ceremony is planned for 6.05 pm.

Worth noticing is the fact, that jubilee 10th World University Archery Championship has gathered the biggest number of athletes in the history of this competition. 206 students – athletes compete in Legnica.

We present the voices of participants below.

Dianis Bialiatski (Belarus)

“I have been to Poland, but this is my first time here during sport competitions. So far, I have been very satisfied with the accommodation conditions and the short distance between the hotel and stadium. “

The coach of Chinese Taipei – Ni Da – Chih

“I like this Championship at all. I’m so involved in this event, because the archery is very popular in our country. We have athletes, who are able to score medals in every archery event. In our free time we makes some ventures into town. It is a pleasant form of getting relaxed. “

Morever there is a small interview with Emilie Lacroix – French competitor.

- How do you like Legnica?

It’s really beautiful. It is not my first time here and I’m really glad to be here again.

  • You are a recurve archer. Who do you find as a favorite of this competition?

Well, as everybody I consider the Republic of Korea as a great favorite. Furthermore,                I suppose that Japan and Mexico will present a strong disposition.

  • What are your expectations ?

I believe that in team competition we can achieve good result. It won’t be easy, but we are here to fight till the end.

  • How do you consider the level of this Championship?

The level is similar to the World Championship and is very high. It’s a valuable experience and we need that type of tournaments to improve.

Summary – 3rd July

First competition day of the 10th World University Archery Championship has finished. We even know first bronze medalists of this event!

Punctually at 8 a.m. began Qualification Rounds. Recurve bows were used by shooting from the distance of 70 metres, while compound ones were hold in athletes’ hands by a distance of 50 metres. At 5 p.m. Team Matches (in each team there were one woman and one man) started. Bronze medalist of this competition are already known: Italian team has gained two bronze medals – they won in recurve and compound competition.

The Organizing Committee has optimistic feelings about the tournament  -  “So far, the cooperation between the Organizing Committee and FISU or World Archery officials has been perfect. We support each other and the Organizing Committee will still be doing its best to maintain that process.” – says Mr Maciej Łaba – the Event Manager. Mr Józef Baściuk – the President of Organizing Committee adds that “the weather is magnificent, and rivalry runs on in sport, academic spirit.”

Media department of Organizing Committee talked for a while with Juraj Duchon – Slovakia’s athlete. He claimed: “Legnica is a cute place. There are many marvelous, worth seeing monuments here. My predictions? I consider the Republic of Korea as a great team, but my country want to be in semifinals at least.”

Tomorrow – on the 4th of July- since 8 a.m. we will be witnesses of Individual Matches. Recurve bow’s athletes are supposed to compete firstly, and then compound bows will be going to substitute them on the venue. Tomorrow’s evening will also bring us knowledge about next bronze medalists. All finals are scheduled on Saturday.

Summary – 2nd July

Long waited 10th World University Archery Championship has already begun. On the 2ndof July the Opening Ceremony took place in Legnica’s city centre. It was connected with inauguration of the 17th International Folk Festival. Athletes – students from 32 countries, wearing colourful costumes, were marching on the main city street in order to finally reach the scene situated next to the town hall.

During Opening Ceremony three speeches could be heard. They were spoken by Mr Józef Basciuk – The president of the Organizing Committee, Mr Chen – Tai Cheng – Member of FISU Executive Committee and Mr Tadeusz Krzakowski – The Mayor of Legnica.

Mr Józef Baściuk said that he wanted to “join with athletes in idea of noble athletic competition”, Mr Chen – Tai Cheng added that he was really impressed by Legnica’s architecture and the level of sport facilities. Host city’s Mayor called up his last words said three years ago (then Legnica was the host of World Archery Youth Championship), when he didn’t say goodbye, but just “See you again in Legnica”. When Mr Tadeusz Krzakowski has announced a symbolic maxim : “I officially declare the 10th World University Archery Championship open” , the people could officially feel the climate of sport’s celebration.   Ceremony was also enriched by hanging on national flag of Poland and official flag of FISU with accompaniment of national anthem of Poland and anthem of FISU “Gaudeamus igitur”, that was sung by a choir.  What is interesting, one of Legnica’s inhabitants claimed that he associate this event with… football World Cup in Brazil! He justified his point of view by the athletes’ joy and fun. The Ceremony’s attendance was really good. Organizing Committee didn’t expect that this event would attract to so many people!

Today the competitors had their last possibility to check their bows, before competitions, that start tomorrow (On the 3rd July). Technical Committee has worked on finding the solutions connected with broadcasting this event in Archery TV in the internet.

Both competitors and officials see Republic of Korea, Mexico and Italy as favorites of this Championship. However, sport has given us so many examples that everything can happen, what makes it unusual!

 

Dawid Kutryn

 

Bulletin – day 2

 

Daily 10th World University Championship Bulletin (No. 2)

“10th World University Archery Championship open”

The most important moment on the 2ndof July was the Opening Ceremony which took place in Legnica’s city centre. It was

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connected with inauguration of the 17th International Folk Festival. Athletes – students from 32 countries, wearing colourful

During Opening Ceremony three speeches could be heard. They were spoken by Mr Józef Basciuk – The president of the national costumes, were marching on the main city street in order to finally reach the scene situated next to the town hall. Legnica’s inhabitants was very happy to see all the participants and be part of the Opening Ceremony. In the city centre were many inhabitants making photos and videos.

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Organizing Committee, Mr Chen – Tai Cheng – Member of FISU Executive Committee and Mr Tadeusz Krzakowski – The Mayor of Legnica. Mr Józef Baściuk said that he wanted to “join with athletes in idea of noble athletic competition”, Mr Chen – Tai Cheng added that he was really impressed by Legnica’s architecture and the level of sport facilities. When Mr Tadeusz Krzakowski has announced a symbolic maxim : “I officially declare the 10th World University Archery Championship open” , the people could officially feel the climate of sport’s celebration. Inseparable part of Opening Ceremony was hanging on national flag of Poland (host country) and official flag of FISU with accompaniment of national anthem of Poland and anthem of FISU “Gaudeamus igitur”, that was sung by a choir.

Last practice

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Yesterday the archers had opportunity to practice on the Archery Venue in Legnica. All day there was a very good sunny weather and positive atmosphere.

It was the last official practice. After that there was an equipment inspection and now all participants are waiting for a start of 10-th World University Archery Championship.

Let’s start!

Today 206 archers from 32 countries begin competing in the 10th World University Archery Championships. This morning will begin from the ranking round in individual events. In the four competitions will start 110 Men and 96 Women.
In the afternoon session will be held Mixed teams competition from round 1/8 elimination. The medals will compete for the sixteen best teams selected on the basis of the individual qualification round.

Summary – 1st July

There are just few hours left to the inauguration of the 10th World University Archery Championship! Twenty-nine national teams has already arrived in Legnica, as Organizing Committee only awaits for Austria, Norway and Ukraine. So far, 180 competitors and 56 officials have been accreditated.

The most vital point of yesterday (1st July) was the meeting between Members of Organizing Committee and FISU Officials represented by Tai – Cheng Chen – Member of FISU Executive Committee, Juan Carlos Holgado – FISU Technical Chairman Archery, Meziane Hasnaoui – Member of FISU Technical Commission, Julien Carrel – FISU Assistant World University Championships, Peter Katzmaier – Member of FISU Medical Commission. During debate, the President of Organizing Committee, Mr Józef Baściuk said : “We have done our best to make this Championship an unforgettable event and I wish that everyone leaves Legnica with good memories.” Furthermore, there were discussed last details concerning the process of the Opening Ceremony, that should be very attractive to the people.

The athletes after their practice session and having a meal, in majority spent their free time in the city centre and in a shopping mall. In the meantime, the volunteers worked on the smallest details – considering FISU requirements – on the venues.

Ladies and Gentleman, let’s get ready to the huge festival of sport and joy. Since today to Saturday, Legnica is going to be the capital of the world’s archery.

Summary 30th June 2014

There are only two days left to the opening of the 10th World University Archery Championship. Legnica is ready for this event and is waiting for athletes and officials from all over the world. So far , twelve national teams have come to Legnica. The organizers are waiting for about twenty countries more. Moreover, on Monday Juan Carlos Holgado – FISU Technical Chairman Archery- came to the host city.

On Monday the competitors had a possibility to come up their first practice session at 10 a.m. Some teams like South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia or The Netherlands took advantage of this day and got to know how archery areas look like. The others like USA team went to Wroclaw to sightsee the capital of Lower Silesia.

Monday was also a day of strenuous labor for the Organizing Committee, that was focused on preparing and providing accreditations for competitors and coaching staffs. Furthermore, the volunteers were improving last technical details on the venues. Tuesday will be a day of last confirmations concerning the Opening Ceremony, that takes place on  Wednesday, the 2 July at 3:30 nd p.m. in city centre and is connected with inauguration of folklore festival.