Image: Congress luncheon at Lwow 1931 World Archery Championships (© Emil Heilborn)
Founded on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland (now known as Lviv, Ukraine) as Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc or FITA, by seven countries – France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, USA, Hungary and Italy – the international archery federation’s mission was to promote archery worldwide through the unification of rules and development of international events.
Target archery is the most recognisable format of modern archery. It takes place both outdoors and indoors, over distances of up to 90 metres and using the traditional five-colour, 10-ring target.
International target archery includes two bowstyles: recurve and compound. Recurve target archery is included on the Olympic Programme, compound target archery is featured at the World Games and both are included in the Paralympic Games.
Target archery is practised in clubs in over 150 countries around the world and is a fast growing sport.
World Archery is committed to fighting doping within the sport of archery. Cheating of any kind of not tolerated. Although the sport historically does not have a problem with doping, initiatives are taken to protect the integrity of clean athletes in archery through education and awareness.