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History of WORLD ARCHERY (FITA)
The international governing body of archery is the International Archery Federation (FITA). Founded on the 4th of September, 1931 in Lwow, Poland, by seven countries (France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy), FITA serves to promote and regulate archery world-wide through its more than 145 Member Associations (National Federations or Associations) and in conformity with the Olympic principles. It aims at framing and interpreting the FITA Rules and arranging for the organization of World Championships and other international competitions.
The original constituent assembly was made up of the following personalities: Gaston Quentin, Gaston Ducatel, and Paul Demare (FRA), Kalman von Kenderessy (HUN), Attilio Battistoni (ITA), Bronislaw Pierzchala, Captain Mieczyslaw Fularski and Mrs. Jeanne Kurkowska (POL), General J. Akerman and Emil Heilbron (SWE), Beda Pilotti, Jan Horn and Jaroslav Fiala (CZE), J.K. Boles (USA), who were joined by General Charles E. Macquoid on behalf of the British archers. They adopted the statutes and competition regulations, and a first motion requestiong the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reintroduce Archery to the Olympic programme.
Congress is the International Archery Federation’s highest governing body and is held every 2 years in conjunction with the World Outdoor Championships.
Between Congresses it is governed by the World Archery Council to which the President, Vice-Presidents and Council Members are elected for four year terms.
Working within World Archery for the improvement of the sport are the Permanent Committees. FITA has also established Ad Hoc Committees.
Archery Australia became a member of World Archery (FITA) in 1958 and has been represented at all World Championships sine that time.
HeadquartersWorld Archery (FITA)Maison du Sport InternationalAvenue de Rhodanie 54CH-1007 LausanneSwitzerlandTel +41 (0)21 614 3050Fax +41 (0)21 614 3055