Archery Excites Korea10.10.2007
The city of Cheongju, Korea, was host to the 2007 IPC Archery World Championships, which took place from 2 to 10 October.
Organized by the local Organizing Committee and sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), a total of 242 athletes from 37 countries competed in different classes (Standing, Wheelchair and Visually Impaired), in individual and team events. IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez attended the championships' Opening Ceremony.
The host nation Korea topped the medal tally by winning three gold, two silver and three bronze medals. China and Great Britain followed with also three gold medals but less silver and bronze medals. During eight days of competition, spectators witnessed some outstanding performances and numerous World and Paralympic records were broken.
Archery was one of the original Paralympic sports contested in Rome in 1960 and is a test of accuracy, strength and concentration. Since then, the development of the sport has been rapid. New technology for bows, changes in the rules and the ever-increasing interest of people have made the sport accessible to more athletes and at the same time more exciting.