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Continents make progress in biennial governance review

ByMary M. Ward

Aug 23, 2022

The Americas retained their leading position while Asia showed the greatest improvement in the second governance review of the five continental archery associations.

The first took place in 2020 and the follow-up in 2022.

World Archery Americas added 23 points to score the highest with 57. World Archery Asia, which ranked fourth with 20 in 2020, moved up 31 points to edge out Europe (45) and Oceania (37) .

Significant progress in Asia came with the development of a new business plan focused on the pillars of events, grassroots programs, member networks and content.

After the elections at the end of 2021, World Archery Africa steadily improved, almost doubling its score from 9 to 17.

The continental federations were assessed in areas such as democracy, transparency, communication and development.

Four of the five continents now have strategic plans while all have improved transparency, making key governance documents available online.

Oceania has committed to publishing a strategic plan in 2022, while World Archery Africa’s transparency score will once again improve significantly when its new website goes public.

Significant changes to the composition of the respective executive boards during the period include the addition of athletes in the Americas, a gender quota in Africa, and the partial introduction of term limits in Europe.

Athlete representation in decision-making, gender balance and term limits in governance structures are all targets for improvement in the next cycle.

The continental governance review is based on the similar project conducted by the Association of International Summer Olympic Federationswhich published its fourth report at the beginning of the summer.

World Archery was highlighted for posting descriptions of elected roles, as well as supporting and monitoring members.

The federation has made significant progress in the areas of democracy and oversight, which will continue with the full implementation of term limits in 2023.