A deserved victory!
The World Cup Final “Orel 2018” in crossbow shooting is recognized as the best sports event of the year! The unique competition that was organized for the first time in history captured the hearts of the strict jury and won an honorary prize at the 6th annual award ceremony “Sport and Russia – 2019”.
On April, 26 a solemn award ceremony of the winners of the 6th award “Sport and Russia – 2019”, aimed at sport development and promotion of a healthy lifestyle, took place in the Olympic capital of Russia, Sochi. The International Crossbow Shooting Union (IAU) and Crossbow Shooting Federation of Russia were among the winners, and the World Cup Final in crossbow shooting “Orel – 2018” was announced the best sports event of the year!
We’d like to remind that the World Cup Final in crossbow shooting was held on December, 8 in Orel, Russia. The competition was organized for the first time in history and has become a remarkable event for the crossbow shooting world! 32 of the IAU top crossbow shooters struggled for the honourable trophy. Linda Mantcurova, a Russian crossbow shooter, was the winner among Women and a Croatian athlete Domagoj Pereglin was the best among Men. Moreover, for the first time in history the award ceremony of the winners in the nomination “The best IAU crossbow shooter of the year” took place during the World Cup Final. The winners were Valentina and Domagoj Pereglin.
The unusual format of the competition with duel crossbow shooting and a bright show impressed greatly all crossbow shooters as well as spectators and also won the hearts of the expert jury. Valery Ashikhmin, the IAU Secretary General and the Chairman of Crossbow Shooting Federation of Russia was awarded a diploma of “Sport and Russia – 2019” and a victory statuette.
"This reward is the result of great and hard work. On behalf of the IAU and Crossbow Shooting Federation of Russia I thank you for the high appreciation of our work! The recognition of the World Cup Final as the best sports event of the year is a great honour for us and a high responsibility as well. We’ve set the bar rather high and we’ll have to keep it! I’m sure that new victories are still ahead! At the moment we’re preparing for the hosting of the World Crossbow Championship in “Field” and “Match” divisions, which is to take place on August 12-19 in Ulyanovsk, Russia. We’ll do our best to develop and promote crossbow shooting in Russia and all over the world!” – told Valery Ashikhmin, the IAU Secretary General, the Chairman of Crossbow Shooting Federation of Russia.
In addition, the 20th World Crossbow Championship in “Match” and “Field” divisions in Ulyanovsk is going to assemble about 500 crossbow shooters from 35 countries, which may be an absolute record in the history of the IAU championships concerning the number of participants.