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Monday, 01 January 2007 23:48

Archery - History

Archery target board Archery featured in the second Olympics in 1900, but was dropped between 1920 and 1972

Archery has a long history and was used in hunting and warfare. The first archers were hunters looking to kill animals for food. Later bows and arrows became a feared weapon of war.

The ancient Egyptians are known to have used bows and arrows in 5000BC. It was a popular weapon of war among many ancient civilisations, and many mythological characters, including Apollo and Odysseus, are often depicted carrying bows.

Today most archers shoot their bows for sport, to test their accuracy firing at a target.

Archery was part of the 2nd Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, returning in 1904, 1908 and again in 1920, but then disappearing for more than 50 years. It reappeared in Munich in 1972 and has remained a fixture ever since.

In the Asian Games, archery competitions were held in Tokyo in 1958 and Jakarta 1962 then, after a 16-year break, it has returned at every Asian Games since Bangkok 1978.

The International Archery Federation (FITA), the world governing body, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2007 23:48