All about archery

Archery is a sport where people, standing, use bows to shoot arrows at a target. The target has ten rings. When an arrow hits the centre ring, known as the 'bull's eye', the archer scores ten points. Arrows are made of aluminium or a material called carbon. Bows are made of wood or fibreglass.

Archery at the Olympics

Archery is an ancient sport Getty Images

Archery is an ancient sport Getty Images

In Olympic competition matches consist of sets. Each set comprised both archers shooting three arrows. The archer with the best score in the set received two points; if the set was drawn, each archer received one point. The match would continue until one archer reached six points.

Archers have a set time limit in which to shoot their arrows. The target is 70metres away from the archer.

There are events for individual archers and for teams.

Read about Olympic archery here, there's a video too

http://www.olympic.org/archery-equipment-and-history

Long bows were used for hunting and for fighting in battles. © Getty Images

Long bows were used for hunting and for fighting in battles. © Getty Images

History

Archery was invented ten thousand years ago. Bows and arrows were used for hunting and later for fighting enemies.

Archers sometimes rode into battle on horseback.

Archery was a sport at the ancient Olympic Games hundreds of years ago where the archers shot at doves.

Archery has been an Olympic event since 1900.

There are two classical traditions in archery, the occidental, and oriental.
Read about these traditions

http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/ar/Archery