Archery TV expands World Archery and the BBC have signed an agreement that will see the British national broadcaster show coverage of the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships and World Archery Para Championships on its digital sport platforms. This is part of a wider initiative to showcase a wider range of Olympic sports online in Great Britain. In a major boost to the sport on the Indian subcontinent, Sony Network has secured broadcast rights of major archery events to televise events in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Maldives. Sony Network will be responsible for covering both the World Cup season and the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships. This follows an increasing slate of TV deals around the world to improve coverage of the sport. World Archery launched its first Spanish-specific broadcast highlights packages last year with a view to maximising audiences built
in Latin and South America over recent years. The Spanish-language versions of the programmes are available to television stations free-of-charge in territories without existing broadcast deals. It is hoped that the initiative will lead to greater public exposure for international tournaments and continue the upward trajectory of interest in archery in some of the sport’s key developing regions. Bryony Pitman (GBR)
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Schloesser becomes knight World number one Mike Schloesser has been named a Knight of the Order of OrangeNassau as part of the 2019 King’s Day celebrations in his native Netherlands. The order is awarded to Dutch citizens who have "earned special merits for society." Schloesser, at 25 years of age, is one of the most successful compound men of all time. He is only the second archer to to win world championships in outdoor target, indoor target, and field. He was the first to shoot a perfect 600-point 18-metre ranking round and previously held
the world record for outdoor qualification. He also won the archery World Cup Final in 2016. “It’s an honour to receive the Order of Orange-Nassau,” said Mike. “It’s really special because I’m the youngest one this year and it means a lot of respect. It’s finally some recognition of all the things that I do. It’s really special to receive it.” The Order of Orange-Nassau is a historic order of chivalry that was founded in 1892. Since 1996, there have been six classes awarded: Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Knight and Member.
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