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2009 Archery World Cup (Shanghai)

November 1st, 2009

The 4th Stage of the Archery World Cup in Shanghai
(4th-9th of August, 2009 Shanghai)

Presider of FITA’s welcome words:

Presider of FITA'sWorld Archery welcomes all archers, officials and spectators to the 4th Stage of the Archery World Cup in Shanghai.

We are very pleased that the Chinese Archery Association and the City of Shanghai have taken up the challenge of organizing this important competition which will conclude the stages of the Archery World Cup this year in the lead up to the final in Copenhagen.

The competition for the places in the final are still wide open and we are convinced that there will be exiting matches. Also it is the last major event before the World Championships so many teams will be making their decisions on who will go to Korea based on the outcome of this World Cup.

I thank the FITA Sponsors KIA Motors, Sportoto, Vakifbank, Turkish Airlines, Longines, Milli Piyango, Tfors, DHL, Easton & Hoyt as well as all the local sponsors for their contribution, without whom we would not be able to organize this event

The venues for the qualification and finals are exciting and we hope that this will lead to great results. The finals close to the river will give fantastic TV images.

The Local Organising Committee has done an excellent job in prepraring the event.

We thank all the volunteers, the judges and the FITA Event team without whom this event would not be possible.

I wish the athletes good luck and good shooting and we are convinced that all athletes will go back home with wonderful memories and great results.

Congratulatory Note from Zhao WenZhao Wen

(Vice Mayor of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government)

As the 2009 FITA World Cup Stage 4 in Shanghai draws near, on behalf of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, I wish to extend my warm congratulations! I also wish to sincerely welcome athletes, coaches and guests from all over the world and give thanks to FITA and the Shooting and Archery Center of the General Administration of Sport of China for bringing exciting games to citizens, tourists and archery fans in Shanghai.

Archery boasts a long history in China with many beautiful legends about it. There are also many proverbs about the amazing accuracy and speed of archery, such as “Shoot a leaf from a hundred steps away with an arrow”, “like an arrow that has left the bow” and “shoot down nine out of the ten suns with arrows to protect crops”. Modern archery, a very popular game worldwide, perfectly combines ancient tradition and modern technology, presenting the beauty of power, balance, coordination and skill.

The World Cup Stage 4 will be held in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai, China and the finals will be staged on the Riverside Avenue. It will be very exhilarating to watch archery, an ancient sport by the Huangpu River of a beautiful and prosperous city in splendid summer sunshine. The World Cup will definitely bring excitement to archery fans, play a big role in popularizing and developing the sport and make Shanghai, a fast-growing international metropolis even more vibrant. I believe the top archers will show great performance and build stronger friendship with each other during the game.

I sincerely wish the 2009 FITA World Cup in Shanghai a complete success!

I wish everyone a pleasant stay in Shanghai!

Message from Shanghai administraditon of Sports and Shanghai Sports Federation:

Yu ChenFITA Archery World Cup 2009 (Shanghai) will open in the city of Shanghai soon. On behalf of Shanghai Administration of Sports and Shanghai Sports Federation, I’d like to extend my warm congratulations on the opening of the event and my cordial welcome to the athletes, coaches and guests from different countries and regions.

As an Olympic event, archery perfectly integrates old times with modern times and strength with skills, which attracts a large number of enthusiasts. The coming World Cup will offer Shanghai citizens a good opportunity to enjoy the world high-level archery competition in their hometown. It will also bring vigor and vitality to Shanghai, the fast developing metropolis, and accelerate the development of archery in the city.

Shanghai Administration of Sports and Shanghai Sports Federation will go all out to organize this event and help the athletes achieve best results.

May FITA Archery World Cup 2009 (Shanghai) a complete success and all the guests a beautiful memory of Shanghai.

Yu Chen, Director General of Shanghai Administration of Sports

Zhang Juanjuan is invited to be the Ambassador of the Archery World Cup 2009 Stage 4 Shanghai

On June 3, Zhang Juanjuan, who won the first Chinese archery gold medal in Beijing Olympic Games, appeared in Yuanshen Sports Center. Besides teaching the young archers the skills of archery, she will act as the Ambassador of “Lujiazui Financial City Cup” FITA Archery World Cup 2009-4th Stage Shanghai.

Zhang Juanjuan was born in 1981. She won the team champion in the World Archery Championships 2001 and the individual champion in the Asian Archery Championships at the same year. In 2003 she finished 4th in individual and 2nd in team in Asian Archery Championships. During the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, she got the team silver with her teammates for China. She won the individual gold medal in the finals of the World Cup in 2006 and got the second place in Archery World Cup Stage 4 England in 2007. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she beat the defending Olympic Champion PARK Sung-Hyun (KOR) by 110-109 to win the women’s individual gold medal which was the first gold medal for Chinese archery and broke the monopoly of archery women’s individual gold medals by thezhangjuanjuan with children Koreans for 24 years.

As the Ambassador of Archery World Cup Stage 4 Shanghai, Zhang Juanjuan says that through her 14 years’ experience in archery, she can feel the sport has become more and more popular in China. She hopes to see more high-level archery events in China so as to enhance the influence of archery.

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