World Archery was founded in 1931 to regulate and promote the sport of archery.

It is governed by its member associations. Delegates from each of these national archery federations meet every two years at congress where they vote on motions to change to the World Archery Rulebook and elect officers to the executive board and committees.

The executive board, which is led by the president, governs the federation between meetings of congress. It is supported by the elected permanent committees and appointed boards, ad-hoc committees and commissions that are responsible for specific areas of the federation’s activities.

Daily operations are carried out by a professional staff, which is managed by the secretary general, based at World Archery’s headquarters in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Diagram of World Archery’s governance structure.

Financial transparency

World Archery’s financial reports are published publically and audited reports are available in the financial report archivePricewaterhouseCoopers has been the external auditor of the federation since 2005 however the contract has periodically gone to tender.

Officer reimbursement

The role of president has been remunerated since 2021, following a change to the constitution made at congress in 2019, and the amount is reported in item 17 of the annual accounts.

The roles of vice president, executive board member and committee member are voluntary and do not receive a salary.

The role of secretary general is salaried.

Members of the executive board and committees receive a 200 CHF mission fee when attending official meetings and may request 200 CHF per year to cover administration and communication expenses. The president and secretary general currently refuse this mission fee.

The accounted mission fees since 2018 are as follows.

  • 2018: total – 9248.46 CHF; in Lausanne – 5613.51 CHF
  • 2019: total – 3209.16 CHF; in Lausanne – 771.76 CHF
  • 2020: total – 600 CHF; in Lausanne – 600 CHF
  • 2021: total – 4,064.26 CHF; in Lausanne – 412.87 CHF
  • 2022: total – 3,374.17 CHF; in Lausanne – 998.95 CHF
  • 2023: total – 2,471.96 CHF; in Lausanne – 798.16 CHF