Let’s talk about … archery

 

Alt="archery"The archery is a sport of ancient origin and is rooted in the history of man.

Many are the events scheduled from January to December for archery: September and October with four world scheduled will be the most intense months.

Let’s see together some features of this ancient sport.

Archery is a sport that dates back years and years before the modern day version that we have today with all sorts of high-tech equipment and different techniques of shooting and competing with other archers.

A person who participates in archery is typically known as an “archer” or “bowman”, and one who is fond of or an expert at archery can be referred to as a “toxophilite”.

It was the favourite sport of the Egyptian pharaohs during the 18th dynasty (1567-1320 BC). The first composite bow was produced by the Egyptians. It was made from wood, tipped with animal horn and held together with animal sinew and glue. Unstrung, it resembled a “C” shape and would have required 2 people to string it. The bowstring was made from “catgut” (sheep intestines). The arrows used were extremely light, could be shot 400 yards using the composite bow and would easily penetrate the armor of that time period. The Egyptians used archers on the back of light chariots who were highly trained and skilled and could easily outflank an enemy army with devastating effect.

Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat, while in modern times, its main use is that of a recreational and competition activity.

Archery first appeared in the Olympic Games in 1900, was contested again in 1904, 1908 and 1920, then again, after an absence of 52 years, from 1972 to the present. The most decorated archer in Olympic history is Hubert Van Innis of Belgium who competed in 1900 and 1920, winning six gold and three silver medals.