- International Archery Federation
The International Archery Federation (FITA, from the French "Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc") is the governing body of the sport of
archery. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is composed of 134 national archery associations, and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
FITA was founded on
4 September 1931in Poland. Its seven founding member states were 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(the sport had not been featured since 1920). FITA was finally successful in returning archery to the Olympic program in the 1972 Summer Olympics.
FITA began holding
Target World Championships in 1931. They were held every year until 1959, when the Championships became biennial events. 1959 was also the first year that FITA held the World Field Championship.
* [http://www.archery.org/ FITA home page]
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