Sport A-Z: Archery

The first archery competition for those with physical impairments was held at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948, and it was one of the original Paralympic sports at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games.

The sport has three different classifications and athletes in 54 countries are currently practicing archery. It is comprised of individual and team events in both standing and wheelchair competitions. Athletes shoot from a distance at a target marked with 10 scoring zones.

At the London 2012 Games, 140 athletes competed in nine different medal events.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality. For further information, please visit

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