International Human Powered Vehicle Association
The International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) was founded in 1976 in the USA, but has been operating under the name World Human Powered Vehicle Association (WHPVA) since 2008 .
In 1998 the US association HPVA split off from the IHPVA and resigned from it in 2004. In the context of a dispute over the name, the HPVA succeeded in taking possession of the domain ihpva.org, and it has now been using the name International Human Powered Vehicle Association (IHPVA) since 2008, while the original bearer of the name was forced to look for a new name had to. The original IHPVA had objected to the takeover of the domain at ICANN without result.
The tasks of both the IHPVA and the WHPVA are the control, review and recognition of records, the establishment of competition rules, the coordination of championships and the exchange of information. Today's IHPVA does this primarily on the American continent; the WHPVA on the European continent, including Australia and Asia where possible.
Between the American HPVA / IHPVA and the international IHPVA / WHPVA there have been conflicts over racing categories, records and copyright issues over and over again for ten years.