By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

KvsthusbroenNovember 17 - Copenhagen has won the right to host the World Archery Championships 2015, adding it to its growing portfolio of major events Denmark is due to stage over the next few years.

The decision to choose the bid from the Danish capital ahead of Poland was made by FITA, the International Archery Federation, at their meeting in Istanbul.

It will give 4,000 spectators in Copenhagen the opportunity to watch the world's best archers fight for medals at the World Archery Championships in 2015, when the finals are staged at the Kvæsthusbroen (Kvæsthus Bridge) with the Opera House in the background.

Rolf Lind, President of the Danish Archery Federation, says: "Thanks to our World Cup final 2009 we have great experience in staging a major international archery event.

"We do realise, however, that the World Archery Championships exceed the World Cup final, both as far as participants and spectators are concerned.

"Therefore, it is time for action now.

"We are teaming up with Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen to ensure that the World Archery Championships 2015 will be a memorable event with long-term legacies."

For the first time ever, the World Cup final 2009 was hosted in Northern Europe.

The event was staged in one of the cosiest and most crowded areas of Copenhagen called Nyhavn, where the archers were lined up at the gangway in the canal, aiming at targets at a temporary bridge across the canal.

Lars Lundov, chief executive of Sport Event Denmark, said: "We are pleased to learn that one more top event in an Olympic sport has been secured.

"Our bid was extremely strong and unique thanks to among other things our suggestion to stage the event outside in spectacular surroundings, and it proves that Denmark stands for innovation in terms of staging major international sports events."

Lars Vallentin, the Business Development Manager of Wonderful Copenhagen, added: "Copenhagen is the perfect setting of the World Archery Championships 2015.

"We have already proven that we are able to stage top-class archery events, beyond all the other major international sports events and congresses we have hosted lately."

During the past two months and in close cooperation with the Danish sports federations and host cities, Sport Event Denmark has won the rights to host five desirable and prestigious events on the global sports events calendar as well as some minor events.

These include the European Handball Championships in 2014, the FEI Dressage and Jumping in 2013, the European Volleyball Championships in 2013, the European Table Tennis Championships in 2012 and the Archery World Championships.

Beyond the above mentioned events, Denmark is bidding for several other prestigious international sports events, including the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2016, the World Badminton Championships in 2013 and the ISAF Worlds in 2014. 

Lundov said: What we are experiencing now is the outcome of our long-term, focused efforts to bid for and win the rights to host major international sports events in Denmark in the next few years.

"I am proud that we have been able to deliver such good results and thus pay back the trust, which the Danish government and the NOC (National Olympic Committee) of Denmark placed in Sport Event Denmark back in 2007, when they established the organisation.

"Looking at the situation today, we can truly say that the investors in major international sports events in Denmark get their money's worth. 

"Not only in terms of macro-economic spin-offs due to the increased tourism in the country, but also in terms of branding Denmark as an attractive sporting events destination and in terms of enhancing the national pride as well.

"Also for the Danish sports federations this investment in bidding for and hosting major international sports events has resulted in prestige and valuable international relations."

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