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World Archery is governed by its member associations, who meet every two years at World Archery Congress and have the ability to make changes to the World Archery Rulebook and Constitution via motion.

To manage the federation’s activities in between each Congress, members elect a President, an Executive Board – and a smaller Executive Committee – and individuals to a number of permanent and temporary committees.

A mosaic of ancient Persian archers held in the Berlin museum.

Archery is one of the oldest arts still practised today. The evolution of archery began at the start of mankind’s history, and evidence of ancient archers has been found around the world.

Although archery probably dates back to the Stone Age – around 20,000BC – the earliest people known to have regularly used bows and arrows were the Ancient Egyptians, who adopted archery around 3,000BC for hunting and warfare.

Judges are the technical officials for the sport of archery.

Responsible for the fair competition field, fair conduct of competition and fair performance of athletes, judges are appointed to ensure World Archery events live up to the high standard athletes, audiences and officials expect.

Using the World Archery Rulebook, judges apply the current versions of the World Archery rules to World Archery competition.