Modern competitive archery is governed by the World Archery Federation and Olympic rules are derived from the World Archery rules. World Archery is the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) recognised governing body for all of archery and the South African National Archery Association (SANAA) is a member in good standing of the World Archery Federation.
The South African National Archery Association (Sanaa) was formed in 1948 by a group of enthusiastic archers. By 1950 it had succeeded in gaining membership of the International Federation, FITA, as it was known then.
Sanaa focused on Olympic type archery and as the years passed, equipment became more available and more sophisticated and different disciplines or styles of archery developed.
To cater for the different codes, various groups came and went, but by the early 1990’s, the South African National Field and Indoor Archery Association (Sanifaa), concentrating on recreational archery, became the largest formal group of archers in the country, leaving Sanaa to its domain of Olympic style archery.
Throughout this period, Sanaa was recognised by our National Olympic Committee. By 2005 our Ministry of Sport strongly suggested that unless all the splinter groups unify, there would be no hope of financial and facility support. That led to the formation of Archery South Africa (ASA). True to its word, after the formation of ASA, the window of opportunity opened for our sport and we were funded by the National Lottery Board and the Department of Sport and Recreation
Around the same time, the International Paralympic Committee made a change to its rules requiring that para-archery be integrated into the mainstream. Around May of 2012, our National Olympic Committee (Sascoc) changed its membership rules. As Sanaa was the only organisation that met the membership criteria, all the members of ASA resolved to dissolve ASA and that Sanaa would apply for membership of Sascoc as the National Archery Federation.
After wide consultation with all interested parties at a National Archery Indaba held in June 2013, a number of resolutions were taken. By the end of that year all the provincial bodies were invited to a Congress and had voted on a way forward.
For months preceding the event, invitations and the agenda was sent to all interested parties to attend the 64th Sanaa Congress. Some 30 delegates representing all nine provincial archery associations, para-archery, Sanifaa and Kyudo came to cast their vote.
At the annual Sanaa Congress held in Johannesburg in April 2014, the resolutions were passed and the Sanaa committee stepped down.
The South African National Archery Association (Sanaa) is the national sports federation for all amateur archery in South Africa. It is affiliated to a number of governing sporting bodies, including the international governing body World Archery, the International Field Archery Association* (IFAA) and World Archery Africa. It is a member in good standing of the National Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the World Archery Commonwealth. Sanaa is recognised as the national federation by the South African Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA).
New elections were held by all nine of the provincial archery structures and affiliate members and the new and united Sanaa was established as the national federation, uniting all amateur archery (including para-archery) in the country. Kuydo retained membership as an affiliate.
Today, Sanaa has entrenched and embraced Sanifaa archery through its association with IFAA in its constitution, yet remains in good stead with the World Archery Federation. It has incorporated para-archery into its mainstream while enjoying the membership of Kyudo. All provincial archery structures followed shortly, with one body in each province representing all the archery codes.
Sanaa invites all interested parties to join the federation and to share in the growth and success of the sport in South Africa.
As of 1 January 2015, all amateur archery was unified under one umbrella with committees, headed by the elected representative, responsible for the different disciplines (such as Field, 3D, Target, Indoor Archery). The model of one body applies to the provincial archery bodies, where one provincial body is responsible for both IFAA and World Archery codes. Following the decision taken at the April 2015 Congress, 3Di Target SA were formally welcomed as members of the National Federation in December 2015 and the South African Indoor and Field Archery Association (SANIFAA) on 1 January 2021.
On 1 January 2021 the IFAA code was released from SANAA and are now managed by SANIFAA.