World Archery Federation

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World Archery Federation
World Archery Federation logo
AbbreviationWA (formerly FITA)
Formation4 September 1931; 90 years ago (1931-09-04)
TypeFederation of national associations
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
159 national and other associations
Official language
English
President
Uğur Erdener
First Vice-president
Mario Scarzella
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee, International World Games Association
Websiteworldarchery.sport

The World Archery Federation (WA, also and formerly known as FITA from the French Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc) is the governing body of the sport of archery. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is composed of 156 national federations and other archery associations, and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.

History

Flag of the World Archery Federation

FITA was founded on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland (today Lviv, Ukraine). Its seven founding member states were France, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy.[1] The aim of the organization was to create regular archery championships, and to return archery to the Olympic Games (the sport had not been featured since 1920). FITA was finally successful in returning archery to the Olympic program in the 1972 Summer Olympics.

To celebrate the organization's 80th anniversary in July 2011, a large majority of the FITA Congress voted to change the name from FITA to the World Archery Federation or WA.[2]

In March 2022, in the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Federation announced that no athlete, team official, or technical official from Russia or Belarus will be permitted to participate in any international archery event, their flags and anthems are banned, and no archery events would be held in the two countries.[3]

Member associations

As of April 2019, 159 national federations and other associations are members of World Archery.[4]

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Belarus
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • DR Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tahiti
  • Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands
  • Zimbabwe

Rankings

World Archery publishes world rankings for each category of outdoor competitive archery (men / women; recurve / compound; individual / team / mixed team), updated following every official eligible event.[5]

Each archer earns a ranking score for each competition. The ranking scores are calculated through a combination of the ranking factor of the tournament (as determined by the quality of competition, the number of competitors, and how recently the competition took place) and points based on the competitor's final position in the competition. The archer's four highest ranking scores are then combined to form their 'Added Ranking Score', which forms the basis of the ranking list.[6]

Current rankings

Current number one ranked archers

  • Updated 30 September 2021
Discipline Men Men's Team Women Women's Team Mixed Team
Recurve  Brady Ellison (USA) South Korea Korea Republic  An San (KOR) Mexico Mexico South Korea Korea Republic
Compound  Mike Schloesser (NED) United States United States  Sara López (COL) Colombia Colombia Denmark Denmark

[7]

Summary Championships

The following table shows the venue of all World Championships on the current World Archery programme:

Denotes inaugural event
Year World Championships
Outdoor Indoor Youth Para Field University 3D
1931 Poland Lwów
1932 Poland Warsaw
1933 United Kingdom London
1934 Sweden Båstad
1935 Belgium Brussels
1936 Czechoslovakia Prague
1937 France Paris
1938 United Kingdom London
1939 Norway Oslo
1946 Sweden Stockholm
1947 Czechoslovakia Prague
1948 United Kingdom London
1949 France Paris
1950 Denmark Copenhagen
1952 Belgium Brussels
1953 Norway Oslo
1955 Finland Helsinki
1957 Czechoslovakia Prague
1958 Belgium Brussels
1959 Sweden Stockholm
1960
1961 Norway Oslo
1962
1963 Finland Helsinki
1965 Sweden Västerås
1966
1967 Netherlands Amersfoort
1968
1969 United States Valley Forge United States Valley Forge
1970
1971 United Kingdom York United Kingdom Cardiff
1973 France Grenoble
1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb
1975 Switzerland Interlaken
1977 Australia Canberra
1979 West Germany Berlin
1981 Italy Punta Ala
1982 United Kingdom Kingsclere
1983 United States Los Angeles
1984 Finland Hyvinkää
1985 South Korea Seoul
1986 Austria Radstadt
1987 Australia Adelaide
1989 Switzerland Lausanne
1990 Norway Loen
1991 Poland Kraków Finland Oulu Norway Sandefjord
1992 Netherlands Margraten
1993 Turkey Antalya France Perpignan France Moliets-et-Maa
1994 Italy Roncegno France Vertus
1995 Indonesia Jakarta United Kingdom Birmingham
1996 United States Chula Vista Slovenia Kranjska Gora France Vaulx-en-Velin
1997 Canada Victoria Turkey Istanbul
1998 Sweden Sunne England Stoke Mandeville Austria Obergurgl Flag of Chinese Taipei for Universiade.svg Taoyuan
1999 France Riom Cuba Havana New Zealand Christchurch
2000 France Belfort Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo Spain Madrid
2001 China Beijing Italy Florence Czech Republic Nymburk
2002 Czech Republic Nymburk Australia Canberra Thailand Chonburi
2003 United States New York France Nîmes Spain Madrid France Sully-sur-Loire
2004 United Kingdom Lilleshall Croatia Plitvice Spain Madrid
2005 Spain Madrid Denmark Aalborg Italy Massa Carrara Italy Genoa
2006 Mexico Mérida Sweden Gothenburg Slovakia Viničné
2007 Germany Leipzig Turkey Izmir South Korea Cheongju Hungary Sopron
2008 Turkey Antalya United Kingdom Llwynypia Flag of Chinese Taipei for Universiade.svg Tainan
2009 South Korea Ulsan Poland Rzeszów United States Ogden Czech Republic Nymburk Italy Latina
2010 Hungary Visegrád China Shenzhen
2011 Italy Turin Poland Legnica Italy Turin Austria Donnersbach
2013 Turkey Belek China Wuxi Thailand Bangkok Italy Sassari
2015 Denmark Copenhagen United States Yankton Germany Donaueschingen Italy Terni
2017 Mexico Mexico City Argentina Rosario China Beijing Poland Wrocław
2019 Netherlands Den Bosch Spain Madrid Netherlands Den Bosch Canada Lac La Biche
2021 United States Yankton Poland Wrocław United States Yankton

Events

Summer Olympics

Sharon Vennard and Yan Huilian at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
Some targets and a windsock at the 2012 Summer Paralympics

Archery was first competed at the Summer Olympic Games in 1900 and, after a long hiatus from 1924, became a regular event from 1972. Team events were added in 1988. Recurve archery is currently the only discipline competed at the Olympics.

Archery is also competed at the Summer Paralympics (recurve and compound disciplines), the Youth Olympic Games (recurve only), and the World Games (Field archery only).

World Cup

The Archery World Cup is an annual event that was inaugurated in 2006. It is designed to present archery in 'spectacular' locations.[8]

The format consists of 4 rounds competed across the world during a calendar year. The best individual and mixed team performers across these rounds are then invited to compete in the World Cup Final at the end of the year.[9]

An indoor World Cup, competed in 3 rounds with a final during the winter season, was inaugurated in the 2010–11 season.

World Championships

FITA began holding Target World Championships in 1931. They were held every year until 1959, when the Championships became biennial events. 1959 was also the first year that FITA held the World Field Championship.

Presently, there are five principal formats of the World Archery Championships: Outdoor, Indoor, Youth, Para-Archery, and Field. Each is held every two years on different rotations. World Championships are also held every two years in 3D archery and University sport. In 2007, a ski archery World Championships was held in Moscow; this is yet to be repeated and is not included in the current rotation.[10]

Number Events First Last
1 World Outdoor Target Championships 1931 2019 (50th)
2 World Indoor Target Championships 1991 2018 (14th)
3 World Field Archery Championships 1969 2018 (26th)
4 World 3D Archery Championships 2003 2019 (9th)
5 World Ski Archery Championships 1999 2017 (10th)
6 World Para Archery Championships 1998 2019 (12th)
7 World Youth Archery Championships 1991 2019 (16th)
8 World University Archery Championships 1996 2016 (11th)

Other

Archery is an optional sport at the Universiade and the Commonwealth Games.

Current champions

The following archers are the current champions of the major World Archery Federation events:

Discipline Event Summer Olympics
2020 (postponed to 2021)
World Championships
2021
World Cup Series Final
2021
Recurve Men's Individual  Mete Gazoz (TUR)  Kim Woo-jin (KOR)  Jack Williams (USA)
Women's Individual  An San (KOR)  Jang Min-hee (KOR)  Lisa Unruh (GER)
Men's Team  South Korea (KOR)
Kim Je-deok
Kim Woo-jin
Oh Jin-hyek
 South Korea (KOR)
Kim Je-deok
Kim Woo-jin
Oh Jin-hyek
Women's Team  South Korea (KOR)
An San
Jang Min-hee
Kang Chae-young
 South Korea (KOR)
An San
Jang Min-hee
Kang Chae-young
Mixed Team  South Korea (KOR)
An San
Kim Je-deok
 South Korea
An San
Kim Woo-jin
Compound Men's Individual  Nico Wiener (AUT)  Mike Schloesser (NED)
Women's Individual  Sara López (COL)  Sara López (COL)
Men's Team  United States
Braden Gellenthien
James Lutz
Kris Schaff
Women's Team  Colombia
Sara López
Alejandra Usquiano
Nora Valdez
Mixed Team  Colombia
Sara López
Daniel Muñoz

Presidents

Period Name Country
1931 Mieczysław Fularski  Poland
1931 – 1939 Bronisław Pierzchała  Poland
1946 – 1949 Paul Demare  France
1949 – 1957 Henry Kjellson  Sweden
1957 – 1961 Oscar Kessels  Belgium
1961 – 1977 Inger Kristine Frith  United Kingdom
1977 – 1989 Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone  Italy
1989 – 2005 James L. Easton  United States
2005 – Uğur Erdener  Turkey

See also

References

  1. ^ "History of World Archery". World Archery Federation. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ Mieville, Didier. "Darrell Pace Named Athlete of Century; FITA Becomes World Archery Federation". World Archery Communications. FITA Communication. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Russia and Belarus prohibited from participating in international events". World Archery.
  4. ^ "Members". World Archery. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Search". Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Search" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  7. ^ "World Rankings - World Archery". worldarchery.org.
  8. ^ "Search". Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 8 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130624022220/http://www.worldarchery.org/en-us/worldchampionships/worldchampionshipshome.aspx. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)

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