The World Archery Federation (WA) is the world governing body for the sport of archery, recognised by and a core sport of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Universiades and many other organisations. The head office for WA is in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2005, Prof Dr Ugur ERDENER (TUR) was elected President. Dr ERDENER is also a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the President of the National Olympic Committee in Turkey.
World Archery currently consists of 150+ Member Associations (national federations and associations), that are the governing bodies for archery in each country covering the continents of Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
World Archery serves to promote and regulate archery world-wide through its Member Associations and in conformity with the Olympic principles. It aims at initiating and interpreting the World Archery Rules in the organisation of World Championships, World Cups and other international multi-sport events incorporating archery. World Archery promotes archery through a wide range of media channels and sponsors.
A true sport for all, archery has been part of the Olympic movement since 1900 and has been permanently present in the Olympic Games since 1972, when the IOC returned the elegant sport of archery to the Olympic programme. Women competed in the 1904 Olympics, making archery one of the first sports competitions to include women. In 1961, WA became the first International Sports Federation to elect a woman as President, Mrs Inger FRITH. In 2012, archery has enjoyed the most successful archery competition ever at the Olympic Games. One of the most iconic venues of the Games, Lord’s Cricket Ground, became the Home of Archery.
Although archery has a strong heritage from ancient times, the culture and vision of the World Plan is very much modern and open minded to new ventures. World Archery has staged World Championships since 1931 and has progressively developed to eight disciplines since 1991. In 2006, World Archery launched the Archery World Cup circuit consisting of four stages and a final that will host the top 8 men and women in the two divisions – recurve and compound – in the world that qualify. Since the launch of the World Cup in 2006, World Archery is staging its collection of international events at iconic venues and new developing cities around the world, in an effort, to promote both the location and sport, while also providing education and entertainment for spectators. The World Cup has one motto: staging intense archery competitions in some of the world’s most spectacular places, such as the Mayapan Pyramids, Dubai, the Nyhawn canal in Copenhagen, the Bosphorus shore in Istanbul or the Eiffel Tower in Paris—to name just a few.
In 2009, the forward-focused World Archery brand was launched to represent the sport of archery to both sports enthusiasts and the worldwide market beyond the archery family, promoting archery at every level with enthusiasm and passion.
In 2011, a large majority of the Congress held in Turin, Italy, voted to change the name from “Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc” (FITA) to World Archery Federation (WA).
In 2013, at the WA Congress in Belek Antalya, Prof Dr Ugur ERDENER was elected to a third presidential term.
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Source World Archery February 2014