29 June, 2017
For tournaments conducted in New Zealand it is accepted that camouflage equipment, including bows, and associated accessories will be permitted. This ruling would apply to any Archery New Zealand Championship events, as well as any World Archery registered tournaments held within New Zealand.
This exception to the World Archery Rules would not apply to any items of personal clothing which would still continue to be disallowed under our Archery New Zealand dress code.
This exception would also not apply to any Archery New Zealand World Ranking Tournaments, or major international tournaments hosted by Archery New Zealand.
For any archers considering selection to any international team, be aware that World Archery has advised that the use of any equipment or personal items that are Camouflage coloured, or has a camouflage pattern, is not allowed at any World Championships, World cup, Olympic, Commonwealth games, or World Multi Sport games events
This includes all equipment that is taken onto the Field of Play i.e. bow, quiver clothing and even items such as carry bags, armguards, scopes, tripod or binocular strap.
In an environment where we are trying to grow the numbers participating in our sport, and trying to bring Target Archery and Field Archery closer, we need to be proactive in removing barriers which stand in our way of us being able to achieve these goals.
We also except that this Camo rule applies mainly to World Championship and World Cup events where image and appearance to the media is so important.
Whilst we are setting the above policy in place for bows and associated equipment, we will still be continuing to uphold the ban on any Camouflage clothing being worn as this is deemed to be a safety issue when a person’s clothing allows them to blend into the surrounding environment.