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History of World Archery

The international governing body of archery is the World Archery Federation, as the name change approved at the 2011 Congress.

Initially founded as Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc (FITA) on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland, by seven countries (France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy), World Archery serves to promote and regulate archery world-wide through its more than 150 Member Associations (National Federations or Associations) and in conformity with the Olympic principles. It aims at framing and interpreting the World Archery Rules and arranging for the organisation of World Championships and other international competitions. 
 

Photo Courtesy Emil Heilborn:
Congress Luncheon at 1931 World Championships Lwow, Poland
 
The original constituent assembly was made up of the following personalities: Gaston Quentin, Gaston Ducatel, and Paul Demare (FRA), Kalman von Kenderessy (HUN), Attilio Battistoni (ITA), Bronislaw Pierzchala, Captain Mieczyslaw Fularski and Mrs. Jeanne Kurkowska (POL), General J. Akerman and Emil Heilbron (SWE), Beda Pilotti, Jan Horn and Jaroslav Fiala (CZE), J.K. Boles (USA), who were joined by General Charles E. Macquoid on behalf of the British archers. They adopted the statutes and competition regulations, and a first motion requestiong the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reintroduce Archery to the Olympic programme.
  
Congress is the World Archery Federation’s highest governing body and is held every two years in conjunction with the World Outdoor Championships.
 
Between Congresses it is governed by the World Archery Executive Board to which the President, Vice-Presidents and Council Members are elected for four year terms.
 
Working within World Archery for the improvement of the sport are the Permanent Committees. WA has also established Ad Hoc Committees
 
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