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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.

World Archery Congress recognises the importance of contributions of individuals and organisations from in and outside the World Archery Family to the ongoing growth and success of the sport. It recognises such contributions through gold, silver and bronze plaquettes, the Golden Arrow Award and – as part of its commitment to gender equity – a pair of awards for women.