Avdeeva, Verma elected to World Archery athletes committee

Abhishek Verma and Natalia Avdeeva.

Reigning World Archery Champion Natalia Avdeeva of Russia and Abhishek Verma of India have been elected to World Archery’s athletes’ committee after participants voted during the 2021 Hyundai World Archery Championships.

Compound archers were polled for their new representatives in Yankton.

Avdeeva and Janine Meissner of Germany were the female candidates, with Avdeeva receiving 69% of the votes.

Verma was the only male candidate but had to earn a majority.

They will serve for four years and join chair Naomi Folkard, and members Sjef van den Berg and Crystal Gauvin on the committee. 

Terms are staggered to ensure continuity and transfer of knowledge.

“I decided to run because I’ve been in archery for many years and taking into account my experience and achievements, I think I can competently defend the rights of athletes, improve interaction with committees and contribute to competitions,” said Avdeeva.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to prove yourself, not only as an athlete but also as an administrator.”

Competition at the Hyundai World Archery Championships is currently underway.