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History of IAU


The International Crossbow-shooting Union (German name ‘International Armbrustschützen Union’ IAU) was founded in 1956. Based in Switzerland, the IAU organizes bi-annual World, Continental and International championships in two target crossbow disciplines (Match and Field).

IAU Championships have now visited fifteen countries across four continents.  IAU Championships regularly attract Elite competitors from the Olympic shooting disciplines (Air rifle and 50m small-bore).  As a non-Olympic sport, the goal of the IAU is for crossbow shooting to become an official event at the World Games.  For this to come about the IAU must first become a member of SportAccord – formerly known as the General Association of International Sports Federations GAISF.  The purpose of the IAU’s programme of Development Missions is to build-up their membership level to the required number of member countries (40 on 3 continents) in order to be accepted as a member of the GAISF