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WA - World Archery Federation

fita-logo wa-logo Archery is one of the oldest human skills. The use of the bow dates back to the Stone Age. It was the most common weapon for many centuries.
Its use as a sports device began in England during the reign of Henry VIII, who was a good archer himself. The monarch supported the founding of the first "archery club", the Fraternity of St. George in 1537. Another English king George IV introduced the "Prince distances" (targets in a distance of 60, 80 and 100 yards) and the "Prince counting" (values for the various target rings with 9, 7, 5, 3 and 1 point), when he was still the Prince of Wales.
The first recorded competition took place in Finsbury (England) in 1583 with 3,000 participants. The first international competitions began around the turn of the 19th/20th century with the Anglo-French competitions both on targets and in long-distance shooting. For the first time in 1900, archery was part of the Olympic Games. After 1920 archery was removed from the program, however, as it was not represented by any international association and there were therefore no uniform rules.
The international body Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc (FITA) was founded on 04.09.1931 during the first World Championship in Lwów, Poland (today L'viv, Ukraine). After the World Championship in August 1939, there was a war-related break before the FITA resumed its activities with the congress on 06.08.1946.
However, another 26 years passed before the resumption of the Olympic program. Archery has only been Olympic again since Munich 1972. In 1968, FITA organized the first continental championship with the 1st European Championship. In 1969, the 1st World Field Archery Championship followed and rules for the clout archery and for flight archery (long distance shooting) set up. At the congress on September 4th, 1972, binding rules for indoor archery were passed, but it was not until 1989 that the introduction of a World Indoor Championship was decided.
At the 1993 congress, the continental associations, some of which already existed, officially became sub-organizations of FITA. At the congress on 01.07.2011 it was decided to replace the French name Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc (FITA) with the English name World Archery Federation (WA) (officially in effect from 01.04.2012).


Member federations
1931 FRA, GBR, ITA, POL, SWE, TCH, HUN (1937 deleted), USA
1932 BEL
1933 EGY, NED (1939 both deleted)
1938 NOR
1946 DEN, FIN
1948 ESP
1950 MEX, NED, POR, RSA
1952 AUS, NZL
1953 SUI
1955 CAN, CUB, LUX, TUR, IND
1956 FRG
1957 HUN
1958 JPN, MAR, ROM
1959 INA
1969 37 national federations
1980 61 national federations
1991 79 national federations
1997 114 national federations and 5 continental federations
2008 139 national federations
2021 179 national federations


Presidents

04.09. - 31.10.1931 Mieczysław Fularski POL
01.11.1931 - 12.08.1946 Dr. Bronisław Pierzchała POL
12.08.1946 - 12.08.1949 Paul Demare FRA
12.08.1949 - 22.07.1957 Henry Kjellson SWE
22.07.1957 - 14.08.1961 Oscar Kessels BEL
14.08.1961 - 13.02.1977 Inger K. Frith GBR
13.02.1977 - 09.07.1989 Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone ITA
09.07.1989 - 16.06.2005 James L. Easton USA
16.06.2005 - Dr. Uğur Erdener TUR

Secretaries General

04.09.1931 - 26.03.1937 Julian Leśniewski POL
26.03. - 15.08.1937 -----
15.08.1937 - 12.08.1946 Stanisław Mazanowski POL
12.08.1946 - 18.08.1947 Pierre Lambeau BEL
18.09.1947 - 12.08.1949 -----
12.08.1949 - 14.08.1961 Lars Ekegren SWE
14.08.1961 - ??.08.1962 Sylvan Mansell GBR
??.??.1962 - 23.07.1963 A. Richard Harvey GBR, acting
23.07.1963 - 24.07.1965 A. Richard Harvey GBR
24.07.1965 - 13.02.1977 Douglas M. Thompson GBR
13.02.1977 - 21.07.1979 Bernard Boulens SUI
21.07.1979 - 14.06.1981 Nino Oddo ITA
14.06.1981 - 01.08.2005 Giuseppe Cinnirella ITA
01.08.2005 - Tom Dielen SUI

Athlete of the Year

Men Women
2011 Brady ELLISON USA only one "Athlete of the Year"
2012 Mariana AVITIA MEX only one "Athlete of the Year"
2013 Martin DAMSBO DEN Erika JONES USA
Recurve
2014 Brady ELLISON USA Aida ROMÁN MEX
2015 KIM Woojin KOR KI Bo Bae KOR
2016 Brady ELLISON USA Lisa UNRUH GER
2017 Steve WIJLER NED Lisa UNRUH GER
2018 Mete GAZOZ TUR Yasemin Ecem ANAGÖZ TUR
2019 Brady ELLISON USA KANG Chae Young KOR
2020 not awarded not awarded
2021 Mete GAZOZ TUR AN San KOR
Compound
2014 Pierre-Julien DELOCHE FRA Erika JONES USA
2015 Stephan HANSEN DEN Sara LÓPEZ COL
2016 Mike SCHLOSSER NED Sara LÓPEZ COL
2017 Stephan HANSEN DEN Sara LÓPEZ COL
2018 Mike SCHLOSSER NED Sara LÓPEZ COL
2019 Mike SCHLOSSER NED Sara LÓPEZ COL
2020 not awarded not awarded
2021 Mike SCHLOSSER NED Sara LÓPEZ COL



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