World Archery Federation

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World Archery Federation
World Archery Federation logo.jpg
AbbreviationWA (formerly FITA)
Formation4 September 1931; 87 years ago (1931-09-04)
TypeFederation of national associations
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
156 national and other associations
Official language
English [1]
President
Uğur Erdener
First Vice-president
Mario Scarzella
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee, International World Games Association
Websitewww.worldarchery.org

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[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Member associations[edit]

As of August 2013, 156 national federations and other associations are members of World Archery.[4]

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Belarus
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • 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
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • 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
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Tahiti
  • Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands

Rankings[edit]

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[edit]

Current number one ranked archers

  • Updated 7 July 2017
Discipline Men Men's Team Women Women's Team Mixed Team
Recurve  Kim Woo-jin (KOR) South Korea South Korea  Chang Hye-Jin (KOR) South Korea South Korea Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Compound  Stephan Hansen (DEN) United States United States  Sarah Sonnichsen (DEN) Russia Russia Denmark Denmark

[7]

Summary Championships[edit]

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

Denotes inaugural event
Year World Championships
Outdoor [8] Indoor [8] Youth [8] Para [8] Field [8] University [8] 3D [8]
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
1940 No Championships due to Second World War
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946 Sweden Stockholm
1947 Czechoslovakia Prague
1948 United Kingdom London
1949 France Paris
1950 Denmark Copenhagen
1951
1952 Belgium Brussels
1953 Norway Oslo
1954
1955 Finland Helsinki
1956
1957 Czechoslovakia Prague
1958 Belgium Brussels
1959 Sweden Stockholm
1960
1961 Norway Oslo
1962
1963 Finland Helsinki
1964
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
1972 Italy Gorizia
1973 France Grenoble
1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb
1975 Switzerland Interlaken
1976 Sweden Mölndal
1977 Australia Canberra
1978 Switzerland Geneva
1979 West Germany Berlin
1980 New Zealand Palmerston North
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
1988 Italy Bolzano
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
2012 United States Las Vegas France Val d'Isère Spain Córdoba
2013 Turkey Belek China Wuxi Thailand Bangkok Italy Sassari
2014 France Nîmes Croatia Zagreb Poland Legnica
2015 Denmark Copenhagen United States Yankton Germany Donaueschingen Italy Terni
2016 Turkey Ankara Republic of Ireland Dublin Mongolia Ulan Bator
2017 Mexico Mexico City Argentina Rosario China Beijing Poland Wrocław

Events[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

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[edit]

The Archery World Cup is an annual event that was inaugurated in 2006. It is designed to present archery in 'spectacular' locations.[9]

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.[10]

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

World Championships[edit]

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.[11]

Number Events First Last
1 World Outdoor Target Championships 1931 2017 (49th)
2 World Indoor Target Championships 1991 2016 (13th)
3 World Field Archery Championships 1969 2016 (25th)
4 World 3D Archery Championships 2003 2017 (8th)
5 World Ski Archery Championships 1999 2017 (10th)
6 World Para Archery Championships 1998 2019 (12th)
7 World Youth Archery Championships 1991 2015 (15th)
8 World University Archery Championships 1996 2016 (11th)

Other[edit]

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

Current champions[edit]

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

Discipline Event Summer Olympics
2016
World Championships
2015
World Cup Final
2017
Recurve Men's Individual  Ku Bon-chan (KOR)  Kim Woo-jin (KOR)  Kim Woo-jin (KOR)
Women's Individual  Chang Hye-jin (KOR)  Ki Bo-bae (KOR)  Ki Bo-bae (KOR)
Men's Team  South Korea (KOR)
Ku Bon-chan
Lee Seung-yun
Kim Woo-jin
 South Korea
Oh Jin-hyek
Ku Bon-chan
Kim Woo-jin
Women's Team  South Korea (KOR)
Chang Hye-jin
Choi Mi-sun
Ki Bo-bae
 Russia
Tuyana Dashidorzhieva
Ksenia Perova
Inna Stepanova
Mixed Team  South Korea
Ki Bo-Bae
Ku Bon-chan
South Korea South Korea
Chang Hye-jin
Kim Woojin
Compound Men's Individual  Stephan Hansen (DEN)  Braden Gellenthien (USA)
Women's Individual  Kim Yun-hee (KOR)  Sara López (COL)
Men's Team  Iran
Esmaeil Ebadi
Majid Gheidi
Amir Kazempour
Women's Team  Ukraine
Olena Borysenko
Viktoriya Dyakova
Mariya Shkolna
Mixed Team  South Korea
Kim Yun-hee
Kim Jong-ho
Denmark Denmark
Sarah Holst Sönnichsen
Stephan Hansen

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search". World Archery.
  2. ^ "History of World Archery". World Archery Federation. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ Mieville, Didier. "Darrell Pace Named Athlete of Century; FITA Becomes World Archery Federation". World Archery Communications. FITA Communication. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 28 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130831143123/http://www.worldarchery.org/en-us/results/worldranking/nationranking.aspx. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20131228065232/http://www.archery.org/UserFiles/Document/Results/World%20Ranking/WorldRanking_CalculationSystem.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Statistics - World Archery". worldarchery.org.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Search". World Archery. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130613180921/http://www.worldarchery.org/en-us/home.aspx. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [2] Archived 8 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ 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. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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