A few words on Archery
is a very exciting
sport, which gives the opportunity
to males and females of any age to participate. Archery
clubs usually accept athletes aged 10 and over.
For the athletes
who aim to compete at championship level, archery requires methodical training,
stamina, strength and good psychology. It is a sport that demands mental and
physical harmony. It differs from
other shooting sports in that it does not focus on aiming. The «posture» of
the athlete on the shooting line, muscular control and the correct
execution of each shot are what matter the most.
place at an open field (outdoors), from Spring to Autumn, and in training halls
(indoors) during the Winter. To give an example of how the tournaments
take place, the archers shoot 144 arrows, from a fixed line, at four
different distances (36 arrows
in each distance). These are 90m-70m-50m-30m
for the men and 70m-60m-50m-30m for the women. The diameter of the concentric
circles differ depending on the distance of the target. According to the rules
of the international federation (F.I.T.A.) the games continue with a new
procedure, the Olympic Round, where the athletes compete in pairs only at the
70m distance, shooting a smaller amount of arrows. This is a nock out procedure
and continues until there are two pairs left,
who will compete for the medals.
In the Indoor
games the archers, men and women, shoot form a fixed line at an 18m distance.
The diameter of the concentric circles are even smaller than the ones used in
the outdoor tournaments. Here the athletes shoot two rounds of 30 arrows. Both
the outdoor and indoor tournaments are directed by the
director of shooting and a number of judges depending on the number of
organised by the Greek Archery Federation are held in fields that fulfil the
requirements, in or out of Attika,
as there is no official archery field in Greece. The Archery teams have to find
suitable facilities for their training, usually with the help of the local
municipality. Quite often they share the same field with other sports.
Archery is a
very interesting sport which anyone can begin with minimum expense. Usually the
clubs provide beginners with a training bow and arrows until they are ready to
buy their own equipment. There is a wide selection of equipment to buy depending
on the needs and preference of each athlete.
In the Olympic
Games in 2004 in Athens, the finals will be held at the Kallimarmaro Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held.
Unfortunately the site where the
preliminary round will take place
has not been announced yet.
is a sport which
will make spending your free time worthwhile.