By Daniel Etchells

The Archery World Cup final in Lausanne fittingly marked the end of Didier Mieville's career with World Archery ©Getty ImagesWorld Archery's television and marketing director Didier Mieville is set to leave his role of nine years,  making last month's World Cup final in his hometown Lausanne, his final event with the sport's governing body. 

Mieville  said his time with World Archery could not have finished "in a better way".

"It has been a great nine years," added the Swiss, who started his archery career in 2005 to help launch the sport's international circuit.

"It started with the 2006 edition of the World Cup and a final at the Mayapan Pyramids in Mexico, which was probably one of the most challenging events one could organise.

"It set the tone of iconic venues for archery.

"During these nine years, we have raised the profile of archery considerably and I have been fortunate to work with some of the best people, the best team, I could ever wish.

"I would like to thank everyone for this."

Didier Mieville (centre) at a press conference ahead of the 2007 Archery World Cup final in Dubai ©Getty ImagesDidier Mieville (centre) at a press conference ahead of the 2007 Archery World Cup final in Dubai ©Getty Images

As of this month, Mieville will become the director of the La Côte tourism office, the region between Lausanne and Geneva, however, his passion for archery will live on.

"Archery is a sport that offers breathtaking matches at world class events," he said.

"It is also a sport accessible to everyone who wants to have some fun shooting some arrows.

"As a community, World Archery is hardworking, forward-thinking and blessed with athletes that have taken advantage of new, exceptional competition ideas and venues, and organisers that work together to improve archery's standing as a major sport.

"I wish everyone to continue with the same dedication and love of this wonderful sport; a sport I have discovered and truly enjoyed during these last nine years."

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen added: "Didier has been an integral part of World Archery's growth over the last decade.

"He is a true team player who has always strived for better.

"We understand that he now wishes to spend more time at home and explore new challenges.

"On behalf of the entire World Archery family, we would like to thank him for his contributions and wish him the best of luck in his new career."

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