World Archery Federation
|Abbreviation||WA (formerly FITA)|
|Formation||4 September 1931|
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|Membership||156 national and other associations|
|Official language||English |
|First Vice-president||Mario Scarzella|
|Affiliations||International Olympic Committee|
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.
FITA was founded on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland. Its seven founding member states were France, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy. 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.
As of August 2013, 156 national federations and other associations are members of World Archery.
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.
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.
Current number one ranked archers
- Updated 11 August 2014
|Discipline||Men||Men's Team||Women||Women's Team||Mixed Team|
|Recurve||Lee Seung-Yun (KOR)||South Korea||Xu Jing (CHN)||South Korea||South Korea|
|Compound||Pierre Julien Deloche (FRA)||United States||Erika Jones (USA)||United States||United States|
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.
The format consists of 4 rounds (3 in an Olympic year) 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.
An indoor World Cup, competed in 3 rounds with a final during the winter season, was inaugurated in the 2010-11 season.
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.
The following venues have hosted major events of the current World Archery programme since 1960:
|Denotes inaugural event|
- WA Constitutino see 1.28.1. Other working languages are adopted for Congress
- Mieville, Didier. "Darrell Pace Named Athlete of Century; FITA Becomes World Archery Federation". World Archery Communications. FITA Communication. Retrieved 9 January 2011.