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World Archery is the international governing body for the sport of archery. Its mission is to promote and regulate archery worldwide, developing the sport with over 150 member associations through international events, development initiatives and marketing and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and International World Games Association, among others.

Archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900 and was contested again in 1904, 1908, and 1920. Women competed in the 1904 Olympics, making archery one of the first sports to include women.

In those four Games it was possible for an athlete to compete in numerous events and win several medals. Hubert van Innis from Belgium is the most decorated archer in Olympic history to date, winning six gold medals and three silvers in 1900 and 1920.