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International Archery Federation

FITA - Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc

Last modified: 2014-05-31 by zoltán horváth
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[International Archery Federation flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 10 November 2013


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Overview

The International Archery Federation (FITA, from the French name 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 140 national archery associations, and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. FITA was founded on 4 September 1931 in 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).
Zoltan Horvath, 7 July 2010


Flag at the London 2012 Olympics

The protocol manual for the London 2012 Olympics (Flags and Anthems Manual London 2012 [loc12]) provides recommendations for flag designs. Each international federation and international paralympics federation was sent an image of the flag, including the PMS shades, for their approval by LOCOG. Once this was obtained, LOCOG produced a 60 x 90 cm version of the flag for further approval. So, while these specs may not be the official version of each flag, they are certainly what the international federation and international paralympics federation believed the flag to be.
Ian Sumner, 10 October 2012

Last year Ian Sumner made some scans from the flag manual for the London 2012 Olympics (Flags and Anthems Manual London 2012) which provides recommendations for flag designs of international sporting federations.
For International Archery Federation - FITA: PMS reflex blue, PMS 225 pink, PMS 123 yellow, PMS 306 blue, PMS 032 red, and PMS 361 green.
Zoltan Horvath, 10 November 2013


Vertical Flag

[International Archery Federation flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 10 November 2013


Clout Archery

Clout is a form of archery in which archers shoot arrows at a flag (known as "the Clout") from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag. Scoring zones are defined by maximum radii from the flag pole. Each arrow scores points depending on which scoring zone it enters the ground in. An arrow embedded in the flag pole is counted as being in the highest scoring zone. If an arrow is lying on the ground, it is considered to be in the scoring zone in which its point lies. Flags are set at specified distances for combinations of age and gender. The archer's bow type does not affect the distance the archer shoots. Each flag consists of a 12" square piece of coloured fabric on a short softwood pole, the flag to be as close to the ground as is practical.
Shooting may be "one way" or "two way": one way shooting: a single shooting line and a single set of flags are set up at opposite ends of the range. The archers shoot from the shooting line towards the flags, walk to the flags without their bows to score and collect their arrows, then walk back to the shooting line to continue shooting in the same direction. Two-way shooting: two shooting lines and two sets of flags are set up. One shooting line and one set of flags is placed at one end of the range; the other shooting line and other set of flags is placed at the other end. The archers shoot from one shooting line towards one set of flags, walk to the flags with their bows to score and collect their arrows, then turn around and shoot towards the other set of flags. A minimum overshoot is required behind each set of flags.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clout_archery

The flags used in clout archery are seen here:
http://www.rightforu.com.au/ljac/clout.jpg (website: http://www.rightforu.com.au/archerydisciplines.html)
http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/assets/images/Diagrams/Clout-Archery-target.gif
Esteban Rivera, 12 September 2010


Flag used at Beijing Olympics

[FITA flag used at Beijing Olympics]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 13 February 2011

Flag of International Shooting Federation
Source: "Flag Manual" by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, 2008
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 13 February 2011

This flag was reported  on 7 July 2010, but without its abbreviation over the emblem of FITA.
See above.
Anyway, there is no International Shooting Federation, but International Archery Federation (www.archery.org), the International Shooting Sport Federation - ISSF (www.issf-sports.org) and the International Practical Shooting Confederation - IPSC (www.ipsc.org). But they are different organizations. Both ISSF and IPSC have their own flags.
Zoltan Horvath, 13 February 2011


Previous Flag

[International Archery Federation flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 7 July 2010

Its flag is blue with its emblem in the middle of the flag. Ratio is 1:2.
Image of flag: www.archery.org
Zoltan Horvath, 7 July 2010