WORLD ARCHERY – Target Archery
The World Archery Federation (WA) is the world governing body for the sport of archery, recognised by and a core sport of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Universiades and many other organisations. The head office for WA is in Lausanne, Switzerland.
FITA was founded on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland, by the following founding member states; France, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy. The aim of the organization was to create regular archery championships and to return archery to the Olympic Games (as archery had not been featured since 1920). FITA was successful in returning archery to the Olympic program in the 1972 Summer Olympics and it has been included ever since. To celebrate the organization’s 80th anniversary in July 2011, a large majority of the FITA Congress voted to change the name from FITA to the World Archery Federation or WA.
World Archery currently consists of 150+ Member Nations, that are the governing bodies for archery in each country covering the continents of Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Sanaa is a member in good standing of the World Archery Federation and offers its members the opportunity to participate in all WA events.
Generally the WA rounds shot in the Western Cape are either:
a) 1440 Round, 144 arrows shot from 4 different distances over in sets of 36 arrows per distance or
b) 720 or Olympic round, 72 arrow shot from 1 distance in sets of 36 arrows according to category or
c) WA Indoor Round, 30 arrows shot indoors from 18m (9m for SANAA Under9 archers) on a small target face.
In addition to the standard WA rounds, WCAF also has a development round specific to the province called the DISA Round. This follows the 1440 round format of 36 arrows per distance, however the distances shot vary from the standard to encourage new archers to participate.
Please see the links on the RHS of this page for additional information regarding this discipline.