ARCHERY FACTS THAT HIT THE BULLSEYE
Added on: 5th Dec 2016
A STRONG PARALYMPIC HISTORY
The first official Paralympic Games were held in Rome in
1960. Eight sports debuted, including archery. Though the
sport began for veterans with World War II spinal cord
injuries, it has opened up over time to include all athletes.
(Other sports at the first games included wheelchair
fencing and table tennis.)
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, a mountainous
Himalayan country just north of India. Almost every
village has an archery range, but, since it’s a
Buddhist country, archery is only for sport.
PULLING A "ROBIN HOOD"
Famous do-gooder Robin Hood was reputed to be an
expert at the bow. Legends of the bowman have become
so popular that splitting an arrow with another is
now referred to as a Robin Hood.
ARCHERY IN ASTROLOGY
The astrological sign Sagittarius is named after its
constellation of the same name (not to be confused
with the constellation Sagitta, “the arrow”). This Zodiac
sign is depicted as a centaur pulling back on a bow,
ready to fire its arrow.
in warfare. Once it spread to Asia and the Middle East,
its purpose broadened into sport.
Mounted archery, the use of bows and arrows while atop a
mount such as a horse, gained prominence during the
Iron Age. It was a much more efficient killing method
than the chariots used during the Bronze Age.
ARCHERY GETS AN UPSHOT
It took centuries for archery to advance beyond its basic
roots. In the early 20th century, a group of scientists and
engineers used high-speed photography to analyse different
bow and arrow designs. The culmination was the 1947
book “Archery: The Technical Side” which led to new
innovations such as fibreglass bows and making the
bow grip more like a pistol handle.
LANDING ON THE LINE
When an arrow hits the line between two circles, points
are awarded for the higher score. This situation
is called a line breaker.
A toxophilite is the name for an archer, coming from the
Greek words for “lover of the bow”. Toxophily is the study
of archery and Toxophilus was the first book written on
archery, in 1545 by Roger Ascham.