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. For each set, archers shoot three arrows. The archer with the best score in the set receives two points; if the set is drawn, each archer received one point. The match continues for five sets. If the scores are tied at the end of five sets, each archer shoots a single arrow, and the closest to the centre wins.

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

Olympic Archery is a sport for both men and women. There are events for individual archers and for teams. In 2020, there will also be events for mixed teams. (Men and women in the same team)

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 probably invented more than five 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 was an Olympic event for the first time in 1900. The after an interruptions

 

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

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