Monday, December 1, 2008

Coroner: Archery Death Accidental

The archery death of a Deer Park Middle School student was unintentional, the Stevens County coroner said Sunday.

Alex Niskanen died Thanksgiving afternoon, after being shot with a hunting arrow while visiting friends south of Chewelah.
The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the boy who released the arrow. County Coroner Patti Hancock said he was older than the victim.

"The two boys were outside playing," Hancock said. "They didn’t’ have a lot of power on the bow, but with a broadhead arrow, it doesn’t take much."

The arrow hit no bone, but severed the axillary artery in the 12-year-old boy’s left shoulder. He bled to death, Hancock said.
It’s not clear whether the two had been hunting. Whitetail deer currently are legal game for archers in the Chewelah area.
A man who answered the phone at the Niskanen residence in Deer Park said the family did not want to comment about the death.

Arrowheads used for hunting typically are made three or four razor-sharp blades designed to cause bleeding. By contrast, the heads on target arrows are cone-shaped, like a pencil point.
Deer Park elementary, middle and high schools are among 30 schools statewide that participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program. And while the training is designed for the controlled setting of a target range, students hear "over and over again" that bows can be dangerous, said Dave Mack, state program coordinator.
At least 100 students from Deer Park Middle School participate, Mack said. It’s not clear whether Alex Niskanen was part of that program.

A Deer Park seventh-grader with the same last name, but a different first name, placed fourth in a state championship held in March in East Wenatchee. The relationship between the two Niskanen boys was not clear Sunday.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Professional National Coach in Ireland

The Irish Amateur Archery Association is looking for a professional national archery coach. You can stand as a candidate if you meet the following requirements:

Desired Qualifications

Ø Proven skills in developing archers for international level
Ø A degree in Sport Sciences would be commendable but not necessary
Ø The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills
Ø Able to work with coaches and tutors, archers of all levels, in Recurve and Compound, target and field disciplines
Ø Must speak English
Ø A proven track record of coaching and/or competing at international level.

Duties, roles and responsibilities

Ø To make training plan for and coach the national team
Ø Preparation to international archery events
Ø To offer any technical advices requested by the federation
Ø To coach the athletes of the national archery squad
Ø To maintain and analyse data on national athletes, then develop programmes to maximise performance
Ø When required, to coach athletes at international level tournaments
Ø Liaise with coaches in the preparation of training programmes and archery technique
Ø To serve as an advisor to the national archery domestic committee in:
- Improving competition opportunities
- Establishing successful national major events
Ø Other: Assist tutors in the development of a national coaching structure

Assigned objectives
Ø Forward our athletes to top 16 position at European championships
Ø Forward our athletes to top 32 at world championships
Ø Qualify our athletes for Olympic Games

Main clauses of the working contract

Ø 38 month period preceded by 6-month test period
Ø Contract starting on 5 January 2009
Ø The successful candidate will be expected to travel to various training venues in Ireland
Ø Salary, remuneration and expenses to be negotiated

Contact, information and application to:
Irish Amateur Archery Association
Pat Lyons

Candidates must request and complete the candidature form and return it with a resume to the above address by the application deadline.

Application Deadline: 28 November 2008

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Professional Compound Archery Coach in India

Professional Compound Archery Coach in India
Lausanne – 30 October 2008

The Archery Association of India is looking for a professional Compound Archery coach. You can stand as candidate if you meet the following requirements:

Ø Proved skills in developing Compound Archers for Elite level
Ø Academic level: Professional Compound Archery Coach as accredited by FITA
Ø Communication skills: able to communicate with archers & coaches in English and through demonstration
Ø Organizational skills: holding of seminar for coaches up gradation of their skill as well as special coaching assignment for second-line archers
Ø Able to work with the top 16 Men and 16 Women archers in preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2010 and also take special assignments at different venues for short term training programme
Ø Must speak (language): English
Ø Required experiences: must have trained National Team for Continental Championships/World Championships and training National Teams/Elite archers.
Ø Other: willing to travel from one venue to other venue and maintain close monitoring of the performance of the archers at all venues

Duties, roles and responsibilities – the following are examples only:

Ø To make training plan for, and coach the national team
Ø Preparation to international archery events
Ø To offer any technical advices requested by the Federation
Ø To coach the athletes of the national archery training Centre
Ø To maintain and analyze data on national athletes, then develop programmes to maximise performance
Ø When required, to coach athletes at international level tournaments
Ø Liaise with coaches in the preparation of training programs and archery technique.
Ø Other: holding clinic for the junior/cadet archers

Detail below the main clauses of the working contract

Ø One year period preceded by 3 months test period
Ø Contract starting on (date): December 2008
Ø Place of work: Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Pune and any other place as recommended by the Archery Association of India
Ø Salary: USD 3,000.00 (US Dollar Three Thousand) per month to USD 5,000.00 (US Dollar Five Thousand) depending on the experience and qualification of the coach concerned
Ø Free Accommodation
Ø Air Fare from place of origin to India two times in twelve months
Ø Medical Insurance during entire tenure of stay
Ø One month leave with pay in every twelve months

Contact, information and application to:
6, Dr. Bishamber Dass Marg
New Delhi-110 001 (India)
Phone: +91 (11) 2410 2527, 2371 5051, 2371 5070
Fax: + 91 (11) 2371 5045
Secretary General:
DN-38, Sector-V, Salt Lake
Kolkata-700 091 (India)
Phone: + 91 (33) 2367 2920, 2367 0734
Fax: + 91 (33) 2367 0374

Application Deadline: 15 November 2008
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Paresh Nath Mukherjee
Secretary General
Archery Association of India

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Surprise City Council backs off of city bow-and-arrow ban

by Tony Lombardo - Sept. 27, 2008 07:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

The Surprise City Council on Thursday exempted bows and arrows from a list of weapons banned inside city limits.
The decision came after the council heard passionate pleas from archers, including an athlete who competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
On Sept. 11, the council voted unanimously on a first reading to add bows and arrows, crossbows and blowguns to the list.
Weaponson the list include firearms, BB and pellet guns, dart guns and slingshots.
But Thursday, the council agreed 6-0 to exclude bows and arrows. Mayor Lyn Truitt was absent.
City officials will work with archers to reach a compromise that won't prohibit archery but will still increase public safety.
Meanwhile, banning crossbows and blowguns requires one more reading, likely to take place at the council's first meeting in October meeting.
The Surprise Police Department sought the ban because of safety concerns.
Surprise Police Chief Daniel Hughes said he is open to discussion about the ban.
Hughes said the ban was never intended to hinder sportsmen, but rather inexperienced or irresponsible shooters that pose a threat to themselves or their neighbors.
"It's always been about public safety," Hughes said.
He said the city ordinance's language concerning the discharge of weapons is too vague. Officers responding to situations involving bows and arrows are sometimes unsure how to respond because they are not explicitly listed in a weapons ban, Hughes said.
The ban amendment appeared on its way to passage Thursday until several archers spoke out at the City Council meeting, expressing alternative views.
Surprise resident Eric Bennett, 34, is an avid archer and competed this month in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Bennett said a ban would prohibit him from practicing for future tournaments, as well as his mission to teach youth.
"Archery is an Olympic sport that allows athletes, young and old, an opportunity to compete and be active," he said.
Kari Granville, a board member of the Arizona State Archery Association, told Council members they could write a policy to deter misuse but at the same time foster archery as a sport. Council appeared receptive to the idea.
Pat Crouch, a field supervisor with Arizona Game and Fish, also pleaded with Council to wait on a ban. Crouch was fearful a broad ban would impact his department's wildlife management, including hunters' abilities to use the rural areas of Surprise.
Before the meeting, Councilman John Longabaugh favored banning bows and arrows, but he changed his mind after hearing their remarks.
"The archery community made a very good case," he said.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

İstanbul’s Athletic Heritage

İstanbul’s athletic heritage

Before Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's political and social reforms and the rise of amateur sports in Turkey, athletics in İstanbul went hand-in-hand with military training.
Archery, wrestling and equestrian games, not to mention gladiator contests, sharpened skills required for battle. Covering two millennia, İstanbul's sports history is closely linked not only with the arts of war but also with politics and the choices rulers make about urban design.
Before the official adoption of Christianity, gladiator contests attracted crowds of spectators both in Byzantium and throughout the Roman Empire. In A.D. 326, Constantine banned gladiator contests, which usually resulted in the death of one of the combatants, and chariot races became the most popular spectator sport for Constantinople's elite and masses alike. Other sports allowed by the church included boxing, wrestling and track and field (running, jumping and disc throwing). Equestrian sports like polo, imported from Persia, and European-style chivalric jousting were also popular in Byzantine times, as was hunting.
Situated between the Hagia Sophia and the palace, the Hippodrome was the place where the emperor and the masses converged for sporting events and other public ceremonies. It measured 117 x 440 meters and is thought to have held 100,000 people. Construction of the Hippodrome, modeled on the Circus Maximus in Rome, began in A.D. 196, during the reign of Septimus Severus, and was completed during the reign of Constantine I (324-337). In 1261, when the emperor moved to the Blachernae Palace (in present-day Ayvansaray), most sporting activities moved as well, leaving the Hippodrome with only jousting and horse racing.
In 1609 the remains of the Hippodrome were cleared to make room for the Sultanahmet Mosque and all that remains today are three monuments, including the Egyptian obelisk, which adorned the spina in the middle of the race course.
The Ottomans referred to the Hippodrome as "The Horse Field" (At Meydanı) and used it for horse races and jereed (cirit) contests. Jereed is an ancient Turkic sport with origins in Central Asia. Individuals from opposing teams pursue one another in turns, the pursuer throwing a blunt javelin at his opponent. The fact that the game occasionally resulted in death may have influenced Mahmut II's decision to ban the game in 1826, but it continued to be popular in the provinces.
The main sporting facility in Ottoman İstanbul was Okmeydanı, which covered nearly 300 acres on the far side of the Golden Horn. Fatih Sultan Mehmet (1451-1481) designated this land as the city's "archery field" soon after the conquest. Beyazıt II (1481-1512) established a training facility there, Okçular Tekkesi (the archers' "lodge"), where talented archers and their coaches were fed and trained. Coaches and the captain (şeyh) of the archers lived at the lodge. To become a licensed member of this elite society, a bowman had to shoot an arrow at least 594 meters. Wrestling, running and equestrian games like jereed and polo also took place at Okmeydanı.
For 500 years, until the founding of the republic, Okmeydanı was strictly protected. Gecekondus began appearing in the 1950s and Okmeydanı has now become a densely populated neighborhood cut by major highways. It is a difficult place to walk, run or ride a bike and shooting arrows would probably result in police arrest. However, the İstanbul Ansiklopedisi indicates that 55 of an original 132 ok abidesi (stone pillars set up as monuments to the achievements of champion archers) can still be found in various parts of the neighborhood.
While archery training and contests were centered at Okmeydanı, oil wrestlers competed on a number of fields in and around the city. In addition to Okmeydanı, there were wrestling fields near the Theodosian Walls, next to the Süleymaniye Camii, in Kadırga and in Kağıthane. Contests between oil wrestlers also took place at the Topkapı Palace and, in the 19th century, at the Ayazağa summer palace in Maslak.
Oil wrestlers trained in İstanbul's wrestling lodges (pehlivan tekkeleri), of which there were several. The most famous of these, the Demir tekkeleri, were founded during the reign of Fatih Mehmet in the 15th century. In the 19th century the fates of wrestlers began to rise and fall according to the tastes and policies of successive rulers. In 1826, wrestling lodges were closed along with the Bektâşi lodges when Mahmut II disbanded the Janissaries. Mahmut II, however, continued to support some wrestlers and held matches at the palace.
Abdülaziz (1861-1876) included the best wrestlers in his entourage and had promising young athletes sent to the capital for training at a facility in İhlamur. Once Abdülaziz was removed from power, his wrestlers were sent away, some finding opportunities in villages like Maltepe, Beykoz and Dudullu and others traveling farther to earn their keep.
Wrestlers and wrestling returned to İstanbul after Abdülhamit II (1876-1909) was dethroned, and in 1911, a tent was set up in the Talimhane Square in Taksim for wrestling matches that continued throughout the month of Ramadan. Similarly, after declining in prestige and popularity due to the introduction of firearms, archery did not reappear until Atatürk reintroduced the sport in 1937.
Throughout history, sports have been linked with military training. Even today many Turkish men associate running, for example, with their military service. While private fitness centers and voluntary sports associations are on the rise in İstanbul, the city's sports culture still depends heavily on local and national politics, and inadequate urban planning restricts its development.
Note: most of the articles consulted for this piece were written by Cem Atabeyoğlu and appear in İstanbul Ansiklopedisi.
*John Crofoot is a runner and freelance writer in İstanbul.
24 September 2008, Wednesday

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

ARCHERY IN PARALYMPIC - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games September 6-17, 2008

Gizem Girismen of Turkey wins the gold medal of the Women's Individual Recurve - W1/W2 in Archery at the Olympic Green Archery Field during day seven of the 2008 Paralympic Games on September 13, 2008.

Fu Hongzhi of China competes in the final.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Bamboo Bows and Accessories Manufacturing

Bamboo Bows and Accessories Manufacturing
Opened on 4 August 2008 in the presence of the Minister of Sports Secretary General and the
Cameroon Archery Federation (FECATIR) President, this manufacturing seminar allowed training
about twenty carpenters.
From 7 August, it also offered the opportunity to try their hand at archery to the biggest number
of Cameroonians who had come to discover this sport. On 9 August, the training of the volunteers
begun for the function of presenter. At the end of the training, the best presenters were rewarded.
This seminar was the object of a big campaign of media coverage at the level of all national press
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Thursday, August 21, 2008


Head Coach Kisik Lee. Cults In Our Midst by Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer.

BY PAT MURPHY Sentinel Editor & Publisher Copyright © 2008

The New York Times reports today that U.S. Olympic archery coach Kisik Lee has been pressuring archery team members to join his evangelical Christian faith.
This advocacy for a religious viewpoint goes against everything that America represents.
The Times reports that Lee’s advocacy has raised concerns in the United States Olympic Committee, and some in the elite archery community feel uncomfortable with his proselytizing.
The mother of a teenage archer who lived at the center said she worried that complaining about it might jeopardize her daughter’s future in the sport.
Coach Lee had the audacity to say that coaching was more of a challenge for him when members of the team did not share his Christian beliefs.
“I don’t want to have any favorites,” he said.
“I would love to be fair for everyone. But sooner or later, if they can see through me God, that’s what I want to try to do. I’m not God, and I can’t drive them to God, but I can pray for them.”
It is plain wrong and plainly un-American to foist one’s viewpoints on another.
Equally distressing, it is simply unethical for any person in a role of authority, such as a coach, to proselytize to young people who are in his charge.
The disreputable actions of Coach Lee in forcing his religion on the Olympic athletes exhibits not only an unethical misuse of his position, but a direct link to cult-like activities spelled out by world renowned UC-Berkeley expert on Mind Control,
Dr. Margaret Thaler Singer.
The U.S. Olympic Committee must take action now to stop the unacceptable and un-American behavior of its archery coach.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ordinance Blocks Tularean's Arrow

Paralymic archer warned about practicing in street.

Archer Jeff Fabry, 35, at home in Tulare Monday with his son Joseph, 2, has won many medals and will be heading to Beijing to compete in the Paralympic games. (TERESA DOUGLASS)

But on Monday, he encountered an unexpected hurdle in his way — a Tulare city parks ordinance that police believe may forbid him from practicing at home — with the Paralympics about two weeks away.
Fabry, who lost his right arm and leg in a motorcycle accident in 1988, picked up archery 10 years ago. For the past eight years he has practiced in the driveway of his central Tulare home, sometimes venturing across the street to increase distance.
So when a Tulare police officer told him Monday morning he couldn't practice in his driveway or from across the street directly into his driveway, he and his family were surprised.
"[The officer] said I need to stop shooting because it's against city ordinance and if I continue I could be arrested," said Fabry, who added that intrigued officers even have stopped to watch him practice in the past. "For this to happen is just ridiculous."
He holds numerous titles, both as a Paralympic archer and in the regular archery circuit. He won two bronze medals at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. He has won three Paralympic World Championships and holds numerous national and state able-bodied archery records.
It's 22 yards from Fabry's target to the end of his driveway, he said. Backing up to the opposite side of the street gives him a 42-yard shot to the target, which is enclosed on three sides in his garage.
"You shoot 70 meters in the competition," Fabry said. That's roughly 78 yards, he said.
Tulare Police Capt. Wes Hensley said the reason Fabry has been able to practice from the street so long is that no one had filed a complaint until Monday, which then required further research. Police did not release the name of the person who filed the complaint.
Ordinance cited
Tulare ordinance 8.36.170, which Tulare police have referenced in Fabry's matter, states: "No person other than peace officers in the discharge of their duties shall use, maintain, possess, fire, or discharge any firearm, airgun, bow and arrow, sling shot or any other weapon potentially dangerous to wildlife or human safety except in areas, at times and under conditions designated by the Director for such use."
However, the code police referenced is listed as a city park ordinance, so it's unknown how it applies to homes or streets. ("Director" in the code likely refers to the head of the city's park and recreation department.)
On Monday afternoon, Hensley said he doesn't know if Fabry's use of his bow and arrow in his own driveway is against the city ordinance or not.
"I need to get a hold of the city attorney to find out," the police captain said. As of Monday evening the matter had not been decided. A call made by the Advance-Register to city attorney Steve Kabot's office after business hours did not reach the attorney.
Beijing awaits
Fabry plans to leave Tulare on Aug. 31 for the Olympic Training Center in Colorado before leaving for China.
Fabry's father-in-law, Leon Snow, said Tulare should give Fabry more encouragement and support — as it has for its Olympians from the 1940s and 1950s.
"This town got behind Bob Mathias. They got behind Sim Iness. But my son, who's shooting in the Paralympics, they can't get behind him?" Snow said.
Fabry's neighbor, retired teacher Ron Parr, said he has no problem with Fabry practicing in his own driveway or even from across the street.
"He is the most careful and conscientious person when it comes to his shooting," Parr said. "I am proud to be his neighbor because he is an Olympic champion. It's an honor."
Fabry said the situation may lead to a drastic decision. "If I can't shoot here at my house, I will probably move to another city where I can do my job," he said.

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Friday, August 15, 2008


ZHANG (CHN) takes gold to break Korea's 24-year reign
Beijing - 14 August 2008

ZHANG Juan Juan (CHN) broke Korea's 24-year stranglehold on the women's individual event, claiming the gold medal with the last arrow of a riveting final against PARK Sung-Hyun (KOR) at the Olympic Green Archery Field on Thursday.

To win the Olympic title, No. 27 seed ZHANG had to beat all of the top three seeded Korean women, including PARK, the individual gold medallist at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

ZHANG won the final over PARK 110-109.

In the semi-final, ZHANG took out the No. 1 ranked archer in the world, YUN Ok-Hee, 115-109. ZHANG's score equalled the Olympic record PARK set earlier in the day. In the quarterfinal, she beat JOO Hyung-Jung (KOR) 106-101.

YUN Ok-Hee (KOR) went on to win the bronze medal against KWON Un Sil (PRK) 109-106.

Khatuna LORIG (USA) was fifth, Nami HAYAKAWA (JPN) sixth, JOO seventh and Mariana AVITIA (MEX) eighth.

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RUBAN (UKR) squashes Korean hopes for individual title
Beijing -15 August 2008 ,
Viktor RUBAN (UKR) prevented PARK Kyung-Mo (KOR) from winning Korea's first men's individual Olympic title with the very last arrow of their gold medal match at the Olympic Green Archery Field on Friday.

In a tightly-contested gold medal match, the No. 3 seed RUBAN defeated the No. 4 seed PARK 113-112.

RUBAN was lucky to have been in the gold medal match having barely made it through the semi-finals. To shoot in the gold medal match, RUBAN had to break a 112-112 tie with Bair BADENOV (RUS) in a two-arrow shoot off.

PARK, who celebrates his birthday today, was also lucky to have been in the gold medal match. He almost didn't make it into the top four, having tied Juan Carlos STEVENS (CUB) in the quarterfinal match 108-108. On a two-arrow shoot off, PARK launched a 10 to break the tie. PARK then beat Juan Rene SERRANO (MEX) in the semi-finals, 115-112.

RUBAN will add his individual gold medal to his team bronze won at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. PARK will add his individual silver medal won in Beijing to his two team gold medals from the Athens Games and the Beijing Games.

In the bronze medal match, the No. 31 seed BADENOV defeated the No. 1 seed SERRANO, 110-105.

Juan Carlos STEVENS was fifth, Ryuichi MORIYA (JPN) sixth, Victor WUNDERLE (USA) seventh and CHENG Chu Sian (MAS) eighth.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

South Korean Archers Banned for Pulling Out of Training

Last Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:13 AM ET
CBC Sports

South Korea's world-class archers were ordered to clean up city sewage, stay up all night, stare at dead bodies in a crematory and climb a mountain with a rubber dinghy on their backs.
It's all part of a training regime designed to toughen them, mentally and physically, for the world outdoor archery championships in Beijing.
But the country's top four male archers -- all Olympic medallists -- said the Aug. 7-10 training was too intense and pulled out after one day. The Korea Archery Association banned them from the championship that begins Sept. 15, and from running for the national team for up to five years.
"It's a bit late to regret it, but we really did not expect to be replaced," said Kim Bo-ram, ranked fourth in the world.
The sudden gap in the ranks of South Korea's archery team highlights the gruelling methods it has used to reach the sport's top level. South Korea has won 11 gold, six silver and four bronze Olympic medals in archery since first competing in Los Angeles in 1984.
Since 1988, South Korean archers have trained by handling snakes, meditating at a Buddhist temple and walking through a haunted house full of actors in ghoulish outfits. They have also physical endurance tests at military camps.
At this year's training at a navy base in the southern port of Jinhae, both men and women carted an 80-kilogram boat up a mountain, and swam in the sea until their body temperatures plummeted. Four female archers completed the exercise.
"This training has contributed to South Korean archers' performance by helping them control themselves and work under pressure," said Kim Il-chi, vice chairman of the private archery association.
He said other Asian nations have noted the success of South Korea's archers and are studying the training program; China has sent archers to South Korea to run through the same regimen.
Raoul Theeuws, the Belgian vice-president of archery's world committee, known as FITA, said South Korea's tough training teaches discipline.
"But the system works effectively on Asian archers because it suits their social context. It could never work in Western countries," Theeuws said.
Other South Korean athletes undergo severe training. Experts in tae kwon do, a martial art that originated in Korea, sit in cold weather with little clothing and pour cold water on their bodies. When pro golfer Se Ri Pak was a teenager, her father taught her courage by forcing her to sleep in a cemetery. He also made her run up 15 flights of stairs and backpedal all the way down.
Kim, the vice-chairman, said this year's program was similar to previous training and that the male archers may have been too confident.
Kim, the archer, described the haunted house exercise as "a piece of cake," but disagreed they were overconfident.
"This year, we were all a bit overwhelmed by the intensity of the training and we really couldn't afford even a small injury just a month before the championships," said Kim, 28, a silver medallist in the team competition at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
The other three male archers, Jang Yong-ho, Kim Chung-tae and Chang Jae-hun, declined comment.
South Korea's top female archer, who has less experience than the men, acknowledged that the training was harsh.
"There were some side effects, but I feel good and I think it has helped me prepare for the coming championships," said 18-year-old Park Sung-hyun.
Last year, South Korean archers trained for the Sydney Olympics by shooting arrows in front of thousands of spectators at a baseball park in Seoul. As instructed, the crowd cheered when the archers shot well and booed when they were off the mark.
By Soo-Jeong Lee

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Two Sisters to Shoot at Olympics

Two Lothersdale sisters savour archery success ;

THE ELDEST: Danielle Brown

Two sisters from Lothersdale have had some excellent success in archery with the eldest Danielle Brown going to Paralympics and the youngest Georgina set to compete for Great Britain in the World Championships later this year.
ParalympicsGB has named Danielle as part of the 11-strong archery squad to represent Britain at this summer's Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Twenty-year-old Danielle is the youngest member of the ParalympicsGB archery squad for this summer's Games.
Danielle, who took up archery five years ago and within three years had made it to the international squad, won two gold medals at the world championships in Korea in 2007.
She said: "Going to Beijing will be a big thrill and I'm very excited about it.
"It is the result of a lot of hard work and I've actually deferred my university degree to concentrate on Beijing."
Danielle is joined in the ParalympicsGB archery team by Paralympic champions John Cavanagh (London) and Kathy Critchlow Smith (Oxford) as well as Games debutants Mike Karphillides (Luton), Mick Beard (Cornwall), Pippa Britton (Newport, South Wales), Lynne Burton (Chelmsford), Mel Clarke (Norwich), Kay Lucas (Ludlow), Fred Stevens (Hinckley, Leicestershire) and John Stubbs (Warrington).
Head coach and archery team manager Tim Hazell, said: "Danielle is a superb young talent that just gets better and better and is looking to add to her gold at the worlds.

THE YOUNGEST: Georgina Brown

"Overall this is a very strong squad we are sending out and I have no doubt that we will be bringing home some medals.
"I am delighted for all the archers who have made the squad, they are all there on merit and they will do us all proud."
ParalympicsGB Chief Executive for the Beijing Games, Phil Lane said: "It's fantastic to see so many archers qualify for the ParalympicsGB team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
"With the inclusion of the compound bow for the first time, ParalympicsGB have the opportunity to bring home more medals."
The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games opens on September 6 and closes on September 17.
The archery events at the Games take place at the Olympic Green Archery Field and will run from September 9 to 15.
Following in her sister's footsteps Georgina Brown has followed in the footsteps of her elder sister Danielle's archery success with some excellent accomplishments of her own.
Like her sister and indeed the rest of the family, Geogie shoots the compound bow, which her father Duncan Brown said is unfortunately not yet an event in the Olympics (currently this is the recurve bow only).
This year however the compound bow has been added to the Paralympics for the first time and Danielle is a member of the 11-strong squad.
Georgie, a 15-year-old pupil at South Craven School and member of Aire Valley Archers, however, has had some individual successes of her own and has been selected as the compound girl representative to shoot for the England team in the Junior Outdoor Home Nations Tournament to be held this Saturday at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire as part of the Junior Champs Weekend.
Georgie's latest success is to be selected to shoot for the Great Britain archery team for the Youth World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, from October 6-12.
In order to be selected Georgie first needed to attain scores above a set criteria in order to be invited to a selection shoot held on June 12 at Lilleshall.
At the selection shoot three positions were available for the Compound Cadet girl category with four other girl cadets having also attained the required standard.
Georgie not only came through the morning shoot in first place but in a round-robin league table in the afternoon she won every match to come through in first place.
Her father Duncan said: "Georgie has come on leaps and bounds this year. I personally think she a lot of potential. She's breaking all of Danielle's records."
In addition to the achievements already mentioned, Georgie's other archery successes include: Northern Counties girl indoor compound champion 2005, 2006 and 2007 (shot every November - the girl champion is for U-18s).
Yorkshire Indoors girl indoor compound champion 2006 and 2008 (shot each March - the girl champion is for U-18s).
Yorkshire Target (outdoor) compound girl champion 2007 and 2008 (shot each June - the girl champion is for U-18s).
Junior National Indoor Champion 2007 - U-16 girl compound bow (shot each December).
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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Telhis-i Resailü’r-rümat ( Ottoman ''Turkish'' Traditional Archery Book )

Telhis-i Resailü’r-rümat
compiled by Mustafa Kani
Istanbul : 1263 [1847],
Darü’t-Tibaatü’l-Amire [Imperial Printing House].
278 p.
Özege 20378
This book is listed with number 20378 in Özege catalogue,
the unique reference of Ottoman books.
Telhis-i Resailü’r-rümat was published in Istanbul in November 1847
Written in Osmanli Turkish, there are now paragraphs, and chapter headings are set in ornamented parentheses. There
are 278 pages.
The page size measures 6” by 8½”, and the box enclosing the text is 3?” by 6¾”. The spine of the book is cloth, and the
boards are marbled on the outer surface.
The back of the book has a folded page with 21 illustrations bearing Turkish captions. Most of these appear in pages 273-
278 inclusive.
Pages 3-4 contain the firman, or Imperial Edict issued by Sultan Mahmud II in 1836, as a result of which Kani undertook
the work.
Pages 4-36 inclusive contain the writings of Abdullah Effendi. He was scribe at the Ayub Ansari Mosque. It consists of a
dedication to the ruler, and the forty hadith about archery, along with other religious material. Kani also includes his own
discussion on the traditions and views of Turkish archers.
Pages 37-60 – chapter 1 – deals with traditions, legends, and history of Turkish archery.
Pages 60-116 – chapter 2 – describes the course taken by a novice archer through to his full initiation into the Archers
Guild. It also describes the technical side of archery in great detail.
Pages 116-128 – chapter 3 – is a detailed account of distances achieved by Sultan Mahmud II and his associates on the ok
Pages 128-207 – chapter 4 – deals with the technical side of bow construction, along with errors on shooting technique.
Pages 207-272 – chapter 5 – is the conclusion, or closing chapter. It gives detail on construction of accessories, and
tournament rules of the archer’s guild.
Pages 223-269 – is a record of flights made on the 48 ranges of the ok maydan.
Page 269 – is a statement that the Sheikh of the Archers Guild has read and approved of the book, and that his son,
Bodjet, and archer and arrow maker, has made the drawings.
Page 270 – contains an appendix to chapter 4, in which details of arrow making are given.

Extant copies of this book can be found at
Turkey - Erzurum Ataturk Universitesi Kutuphanesi
Milli Kutuphane (8 copies)
Germany - Staatsbibliothek of Berlin (2 copies)
Switzerland - University of Basel (1 copy)
U.S.A. - University of California, Berkley, California
Harvard University, Columbia University, New York (5 copies)
UK- None!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Archery Class for Teachers

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will host an Archery in the Schools Program training on August 12 and 13 at the Summersville Armory in Summersville, West Virginia, according to Jerry Westfall, Program Coordinator.

“We have tried for some time to arrange AIS training in the central part of the state, and we are happy to have succeeded,” says Westfall. “This training will allow area schools to participate in DNR’s largest and fastest growing educational program. Since its inception in 2004, more than 30,000 students have been introduced to archery as part of their physical education classes in 140 West Virginia schools. We wanted to show our appreciation to Summersville, which hosted the successful 2008 AIS State Tournament and will be hosting the 2009 AIS State Tournament, by holding this training in Summersville. Of course, since this is a state-wide program, teachers from around the state may participate in any of our trainings.”
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Teachers interested in attending this free training in Summersville have until July 15 to register. Since classroom size is limited to only 25 teachers and slots are available on a first come, first served basis, teachers are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Also, more than one teacher may consider enrolling from individual schools, especially if schools are interested in having AIS in multiple PE classes and/or after-hours training for tournament competition.
“I encourage all interested educators in the area to sign up and introduce this tremendously popular program to their schools,” says Westfall. “As added incentives, the training is free to school employees, and teachers may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours.”
For additional information on the West Virginia Archery in the Schools Program or to attend training, visit the DNR’s AIS Website at the link below or call (304) 558-2771

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Indian Women Archery Team For The Olympics

Dola Banerjee would join up with two other participants V Pranita and L Bombyla Devi and head for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Let us join in wishing them success and hope that they bring home the medals..

SETTING TO rest all doubts about her current form, Dola Banerjee (date of birth; June 2,1980) has succeeded in getting selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympics archery event. At the end of the four-day trials on Sunday (June 29) for the mega event at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Eastern Centre, she secured her second successive Olympics berth. She was second with 5141 points out of a possible 5760 points. Dola Banerjee would join up with two other participants V Pranita and L Bombyla Devi and head for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Let us join in wishing them success and hope that they bring home the medals.

To qualify for the Olympics, each archer had to shoot 144 arrows daily for four days over a distance of 70m for a total of 576 arrows. However, at the actual Olympics, an archer will shoot only 72 arrows over the 70m distance in the FITA round qualification. Only 64 archers make it to the Olympics round knockout individual championship and top 16 nations for the team championship. The event of archery would be held over a seven day period from August 9 to 15 at the Olympic Green Archery Field, which is a temporary venue on the Olympic Green in Beijing’s Olympic Park.

Dola Banerjee is a talented women archer of India. She has inspired the women archers to carve niche in this sport as the first woman archer from India. She undertook training from the Tata Archery Academy at Jamshedpur and won the 42nd World Outdoor Target Archery Championship in New York and qualified for the Olympics.

She achieved international success in a sport traditionally considered to be a male bastion. She was the first Indian woman archer to qualify for the Olympics; won the 18th Golden Arrow Grand Prix tournament at Antalya; gold in 2006 South Asian federation (SAF) Games. She won the world championship in archery and is a recipient of the prestigious Arjun award for sports persons in 2005. Her first international appearance was in Youth World Championship in San Diego in 1996. Dola Banerjee became world champion in archery by winning the gold medal in the women’s individual recurve competition at the archery world cup held at Dubai, in November 2007. She is a cousin of the singers Shaan and Sagarika.

The sad part is that the organisations seldom come forward to receive individuals who win awards from overseas. It happened with Vishwanathan Anand and also with Dola Bannerji. This is in sharp contrast to huge crowds who usually gather at airports to receive their cricket heroes – they spend hours in all types of inclement weather to welcome them and take out victory processions. We saw it when Dhoni returned after the T-2-0 World Cup win – traffic came to a standstill in Mumbai. However, in the case of Dola, there were only a handful of persons from the archery federation and a few enthusiasts to receive her at the Dum Dum airport when she returned victorious from Dubai on November 24, 2007.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Korea’s National Archery Team Adopts New Training Method

For the past 20 years Korea has been seen as one of the top competitors in the sport of archery. And to keep this title the Korean national archery team is taking its training methods to a whole new level
The athletes are using simulation training to stay in tip-top shape for the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. This approach allows for athletes to re-enact real situations similar to the ones they will be facing in a few months time with a manufactured audience and recorded crowd sounds.
At the Korea National Training Center in Taeneung, Seoul, the only national training village for athletes in Korea, archers say the simulation training method is proving to be quite beneficial.
Although the Chinese athletes have a homeground advantage, with this innovative training method Korean archers say they are confident that Korea will be able to maintain its top position in the field.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Youth Olympic Games ( YOG )

In the summer 2010 the IOC will organize the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG). The objective is to get together about 3500 young and talented athletes aged between 14 and 18 years old.

Most of the Summer International Federations are involved in the 2010 edition of the YOG. As it is the case for the Olympic Games, winter editions of the YOG will also take place, based on the same format of the Olympics.

FITA has been among the first International Federation to react to the IOC call. An Ad Hoc commission has been created and the collaboration with the IOC Sports Department is important.

With the goal to present an attractive competition format for a limited number of athletes, FITA is proposing a five days competition with 32 boys and 32 girls participating. A ranking round at 70m will take place on the first day, with eliminations and Olympic Round Finals on days 3, 4 and 5. The second day will be dedicated to a mixed team competition, 1 girl and 1 boy, in match format (1/8, 1/4, 1/2, bronze and gold).

The IOC also wishes young officials and young technical experts to take part in the competitions. FITA would like to propose 13 International Judges, acting under the responsibility of the Judges Committee: seven judges being under 42 years old and six being between 18 and 25 years old. These judges would be specially trained for this event and would be a good asset for the future of our sport.

The IOC wishes the Youth Olympic Games to be a return to the origin of the Olympic Games spirit. The Cultural and Sportive dimension of the Games will be important as well as the image of Fair-Play.

The Archery Family understands the importance of such an event for the future of our sport. The goal of this page is to keep everybody informed about this new and exciting project.

Thierry ZINTZ
Chairman YOG Ad Hoc Committee

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VVC teacher dies after freak archery accident

- June 12, 2008 - 6:22PM
By BEATRIZ E. VALENZUELA - staff writer

SPRING VALLEY LAKE An assistant professor at Victor Valley College died Thursday following a freak accident when an archery bow broke, penetrating his head, officials said.
When the compound bow broke, a 14-inch portion lodged in Robert Feddersen’s head, according to his friend and colleague Paul Tonning. The accident happened Monday afternoon at Feddersen’s Spring Valley Lake home.
Feddersen, 36, was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to San Bernardino County Fire Department officials. There he underwent surgery to remove the broken bow.
“The family had to make a decision to either leave the rod in place, which would have meant very little chance for Robert’s survival, or operate and remove it, which meant he would have the chance of severe hemorrhaging,” said Tonning’s blog. “It was not an easy decision to say the least, but the family opted for surgery.”
Feddersen took a turn for the worse and died on Thursday, according to Bill Greulich, spokesman for the college.
“It’s just a terrible loss,” Gruelich said. “I’m saddened by the news and feel for his family and friends.”
Tonning has known Feddersen for 10 years when Feddersen was a student in Tonning’s class.
“He’s very compassionate and very passionate about his job and about his teaching,” said an emotional Tonning.
Fellow professor Shane Thomas, who along with Feddersen and Tonning were known as the Three Amigos, also felt a great loss at Feddersen’s death.
“He’s a really good friend,” Thomas said. “He’s the kind of guy who would drop whatever he’s doing to help anyone.”

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Olympic Qualification Tournament for Europe: Places Awarded!

Vittel, France – 15 May 2008

Tears of joy and sheer frustration were shed on Thursday 15 May at the Continental Qualification Tournament for the Beijing Olympic. This event was held during the European Championships in Vittel, France.

Recurve Women

women had their chance to secure an Olympic spot for their country. The tension was on, as only the top 3 could win a ticket to Beijing 2008. These spots are on top of the ones won at the World Championships 2007 in Leipzig, Germany.

All athletes surpassed themselves, but in the end only three happy faces stepped onto the podium: Zekiye Keskin Satir (TUR) photo won Gold, while Sabrina Struyf (BEL) and Evangelia Psarra (GRE) took Silver and Bronze respectively.

Recurve Men

In the afternoon it was the men’s turn to be in a token appearance and try to qualify for the Games. Everyone was aware of what was at stake, which made it a very exciting competition not only for the athletes but for the crowd as well. Everyone was cheering for their favourite.

The three Frenchmen were in the running for Olympic tickets. However, in the end only home crowd favourite Romain Girouille photo prevailed taking the win and securing his spot for Beijing. Andrey Abramov from Russia took the second Olympic spot and Ron van der Hoff from the Netherlands took the third place.
For the complete results, please go to
Photos of the 6 qualified athletes
Current List of Olympic Quota Places

Dean Alberga
FITA Communication

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Archery For Relaxation And Sport

Archery is still a very popular sport with sportsmen. In fact contrary to what you might have thought the number of people taking up archery is actually growing each year. So why not learn the basics of archery? You never know you might just enjoy it!
So why is archery growing? Well most of us lead these busy hectic lives and escaping from that daily routine can often be found in taking up a sport or a pastime. Many have found just that relaxation in archery. There’s something about a bow and arrow that feels so primitive, so basic and fundamental, that it seems to drain the stress away from us.
Now many people enjoy hunting as well so they use a bow for hunting especially during deer season. But others have no interest in hunting and so they use their newly found skills in all kinds of target shoots or competitions that are held by Archery clubs.
It’s always important to choose the correct equipment. There are three types of bows to choose from, the compound bow, the cross bow, and the recurve bow.
The compound bow is the most popular because it is easier to handle, creates less arm fatigue, and it shoots much faster. The faster an arrow is during its flight the flatter its trajectory will be which leaves more room for error when you are judging the distance. There are many different compound bows available.
The recurve bow has been making a come back in recent years. The cross bow which is a cross between a rifle and a bow is actually banned in many states so check with your local officials before purchasing a crossbow.
Which ever type of bow you choose you will need to consider the weight of it. You should always choose a draw weight that you are comfortable with. The higher the draw weight the faster the arrow but the hard the bow is to handle.
You will also need to determine your individual draw length. To determine your personal draw length stand at a right angle to your wall, then place your knuckles on that wall. Now have someone measure the distance from the wall to the corner of your mouth. This will give you your draw length.
When you are ready to try shooting your bow and arrow you must first get your stance correct. You should stand perpendicular to your target with your feet a shoulder length apart straddling the shoot line. Use the balls of your feet to balance yourself, then stand tall but not stiffly with your knees slightly relaxed.
Now you need to pace the arrow nock onto the bowstring. The index feathers should point away from the bow. Lay the arrow on the arrow rest then snap the nock onto the bowstring.
If you grasp the bow exactly the same each time you will guarantee yourself a consistent draw which will help your accuracy. After the bow hand has been set you take the string in the first joint of the first 3 fingers of your shooting hand. Then raise the bow toward your target. Now lock your bow arm into position then push with the shoulder of your bow arm while pulling with the shoulder of your draw arm until the bowstring touches your nose. Aim carefully then release and follow through by continuing to pull your draw hand along the base of your neck.
That’s it. It may sound complicated on paper but the entire process is really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. You might want to consider taking a couple of archery lessons at a local club to get you started.
Archery is a relaxing sport and pastime so if you’re looking to try something new why not consider archery?
Deon Melchior is the Editor and Publisher of Article Click. For more FREE articles for your ezine and websites visit Article Click is a free content article directory. This means that as a publisher you may reprint the articles that are included in our site, as long as the article is unedited and the author box is included with it's live hyperlinks.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

40 Years of Compound Design: The Changes I Have Seen

40 Years of Compound Designs: The Changes I Have Seen
Oh the changes I have seen in the compound bow!-From when I first started designing and shooting them in the early 70’s-until now. During those first years of selling the four wheeled compound, the market was limited, four wheelers were the only design available. At Martin we worked on the Kam Act and the one cam Dynabo around 1974. By 1976 the two wheel models were released and they soon took the market from the four wheel designs. The single cam Dynabo continued to sell into the middle 80’s.
One of the problems facing all bows at that time was string and cable stretch. The stretching was less of a problem for the four wheel bows than it was for the all string Dynabo. All string meant more stretching. Airline cables were used for the bus cables on standard compounds and this meant less string stretch for cabled bows. Around 1990 improved bowstring technology nearly eliminated any problems with string stretch.
Once the two wheel bows were perfected in the late 1970’s the four wheel models started to disappear. By the early 90’s the market was ready for some new ideas. In 1992 Matt McPherson started Mathews and reintroduced the one cam design. McPherson promoted his “Solocam” idea heavily via magazines and paid shooter programs. This highly effective advertising caused the single cam system to take over the market. The demand for one cam bows was driving the majority of bow sales-until recently. Even though the single cam was not as fast as a two cam bow, the promotional claim of “no tuning needed” created great deal of sales.
By 1998 Hoyt reintroduced and promoted 1 ½ or hybrid cam system designed by Darton. We now have several manufacturers making a move towards hybrid dual cam designs. Dual cam bows are faster and because of improved string material the tuning problems are minimal. What will the future bring? I can assure you that us bow designers are working on lots of fun new toys. I feel that the hybrid dual cam systems will continue to take over more of the market. Our bow sales definitely show this to be true.-Terry Martin

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Youth World Championships go to Turkey!

Youth World Championships go to Turkey!

Lausanne – 4 March 2008

The next FITA Youth World Championships will be held in Antalya, Turkey, from the 6 – 11 October 2008.

After the decision by Council to withdraw the event from India, the bid was opened and four member associations have shown interest to host the event. These four were Namibia, Poland, Mexico and Turkey. After an evaluation the Executive Committee forwarded the recommendation to FITA Council to award the event to Antalya, Turkey. FITA Council approved this recommendation.

Turkey was Cadet Team World Champion in Merida 2006
The event will be held on a field part of the beautiful Kamelya hotel complex in the Manavgat touristy area, and not on the regular Antalya World Cup field, since this one would be too small to accommodate the archers entered for such an event. However the experienced team organizing the event will be the same, which was important knowing the short time to prepare for the event.

This will be the last time the Youth World Championships will be held in even years. For the 2009 edition, qualifier for the next Youth Olympic Games, an announcement will be made in the next two weeks.

Tom Dielen
FITA Secretary General

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008



3- March 2008Delegation Arrival, Accreditation
4 -March 2008Accreditation, Free Shooting, Opening Ceremony
5 -March 2008Qualification Round
6- March 2008Elimination Round
7- March 2008Juniores Semifinals and Finals, Prize Ceremony
8- March 2008Seniores Semifinals and Finals, Prize Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, Party
Looking for medal glory in Turin
Lausanne – 4 March 2008

A great 33 countries will compete in the European and Mediterranean Indoor Archery Championship that is held in Turin this week. Most of them truly hope for medal glory in a venue of the Olympic Games.

Italian Recurve Men Team in Izmir 2007
In Recurve Men, the favourites include current Indoor World Champion Rohrberg (GER), Bekker (UKR), Van Alten (NED), Dobrowolski (POL), Peart and Needham (GBR), Tavernier (FRA), Pavlov and Hirstov (BUL). Italy is the current Team Indoor World Champion in this category and will play Olympic gold medallist Galiazzo together with Tonelli and Nespoli.

In Recurve Women, the strongest trio is probably Mospinek, Cwienczek and Marcinkiewicz from Poland. They will take on last year raising star Edyniyeva (RUS), Marcen (SLO), Marusava (BLR), Burgess and Folkard (GBR), Oktem (TUR), Palekha and Dorokhova (UKR). Italy will also have a strong team in this category with World Champion Valeeva as well as Tonetta and Lionetti.

In Compound Men, there are a bunch of previous world medallists such as Damsbo (DEN), Custers and Elzinga (NED), Boe (NOR), Sitar (SLO), Hofer (SUI) and one of the best careers in archery, Lundin (SWE). The best hope for Italy is the recent winner in Nîmes, Pagni (ITA).

On the women’s side, we will put our attention on FITA Round world record holder Willems (BEL), recent Las Vegas winner Simpson (GBR) and teammate Hunt, the famous Goncharova and Loginova (RUS), Ioannou (GRE), Buden and Zorman (CRO). They will take on the Indoor and Outdoor World Champion in 2007, the Italian Salvi!

There are also Junior competitions in all these categories, in which double Junior World Champion Anastasio (ITA) will compete.

The Archery venue for this event is located inside the Palace “Oval Lingotto”, built and used for the competitions of Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games. It will include a qualification field, a training field and a special field for the finals, as well as a very large area for spectators.

More information can be found on the official website of the 2008 European Indoor Archery Championship:

Monday, March 3, 2008

S. Korean Coach for Iraq's Archery Teams

S. Korean coach for Iraq's archery teams
-The Iraqi Archery Federation will start official negotiations by mid-March with its South Korea's federation to contract a coach for the national teams."The coach will be responsible for Iraqi teams of both males and females to prepare them for numerous coming competitions that will take place this year," Kareem Hamad, the Secretary General of the Iraqi Archery Federation, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI), adding "the S. Korean game expert, Mon, who trained the Iraqi archery team last year, will visit Sulaimaniya province in the Iraqi Kurd people region next week to coordinate between the two federations in this respect."
According to Hamad, "Iraq's archery federation has allocated a monthly salary of 5,000 U.S. dollar for the new coach that will get a contract of one year to train Iraqi archery teams."
The Iraqi Archery Federation was established in 1984.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ten National Archery Records Set For India

Ten National records set
Special Correspondent

JAMSHEDPUR: It rained records at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here during the 28th senior National archery championship. As many as 10 National records were set on a day that was marred by intermittent rain.

Jayanta Talukdar, the highest-ranked Indian man in the world at 26, upstaged the individual overall FITA round record by accumulating 1,354 points. Kh. Ratan Kumar of Services also produced a new mark totalling 1,357 in the compound bow section.
There were four more individual records. Dola Banerjee’s 331 in the 50m bested her own mark of 328 set at Ernakulam in 2005. Bhegyabati Chanu’s 338 in the women’s compound 70m was better than Jhanu Hansdah’s 334 set at Kolkata in 2006.
S. Basanta of Manipur scored 329 points in the 50m of Indian round. This bettered 326 by Th. Sanatamba Singh of Manipur set at Vijayawada last year. Pratibha Boro too established a record in the women’s 30m with a total of 332. The previous record was 322 by L. Gitanjali Devi of Manipur set last year.Finalists
All the finalists have been identified in the Olympic round individual round in women’s recurve, men’s and women’s compound and in Indian rounds. Dola Banerjee and L. Bombayla Devi would contest for the women’s recurve gold medal while Jharkhand teammates Namita Yadav and Niva Kerketta would fight for the women’s compound gold.
Santosh Tamang of Services and Vikash Sherawat of Delhi moved into the final of the men’s compound individual section. The surprise of the day was the elimination of reigning queen of women’s compound in the country, Jhanu Hansdah, and the second best archer Bhegyabati Chanu. National champion Jhanu lost to Statemate Sumanlata Murmu in the pre-quarterfinals at 111-112 while Bhegyabati lost to Shreya Sen of Manipur in the quarterfinals at 104-106.
The men’s individual Olympic round and team Olympic rounds and other individual finals would be held on Thursday.
The results: Recurve, men: 50m: 1. Jayanta Talukdar (SP) 336 points; 2. K. Ngama Kom (Mani) 334 (16); 3. Priyank (UP) 334 (15). 30m: 1. Talukdar 353 (29,15); 2. Priyank 353 (29,12); 3. Rahul Banerjee (SP) 352.
Overall: 1. Talukdar 1354 (NR, previous 1350 by Talukdar, Kolkata, 06); 2. Priyank 1353; 3. Mangal Singh Champia (Rlys) 1341. FITA team: 1. Steel Plant 3998 (NR, previous 3961 by Jharkhand, Kolkata, 06); 2. Services 3937; 3. UP 3885. Women, FITA team: 1. Railways 3949 (NR, previous UP 3908, Kolkata, 06); 2. Steel Plant 3867; 3. Jharkhand 3755. Compound, men: 30m: 1. Kh. Ratan Kumar (Ser) 357; 2. Jayanti Lal (Raj) 355 (32); 3. Chungda Sherpa (Ser) 355 (31, 16). Overall: 1. Kh. Ratan Kumar (Ser) 1357 (87) (NR, pre-1353 by Naresh Damor, Kolkata, 06); 2. Chungda Sherpa 1357 (80); 3. Babban Kumar (MP) 1349. Team: 1. Services 4056 (NR, previous 3966 by Jharkhand, Kolkata, 06); 2. MP 4030; 3. AP 3955. Women, 50m: 1. Sweety Kumari (MP) 339; 2. Jhanu Hansdah (Jhar) 338; 3. Virushali Gorle (Mah) 334. 30m: 1. Manjudha Soy (Del) 352; 2. Niva Kerketta (Jhar) 350; 3. Bhegyabati Chanu 347. Overall: 1. Jhanu Hansdah 1348; 2. Bhegyabati 1344; 3. Renu Munda (MP) 1329. Indian round, men’s team: 1. Manipur 1927 (NR, pre-1918 by Services, Jamshedpur, 06); 2. Services 1913; 3. MP 1909.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Archery for Beginners - The Compound Bow in Archery

January 9, 2008

The compound bow in archery was a revolutionary invention that has changed the sport forevermore. The compound bow in archery was invented in the mid 1960s by an American engineer named Howless Wibur Allen. In 1961 he got inspired by the then launching of Hoyt Pro Medalist Bow. This bow was one of the very first to have vertical stabilizers on it, and Allen had another idea to add to it-the wheel. He harnessed the principle of the block and tackle pulley to the bow and felt (correctly) that this would enhance a bow’s performance. The mechanics of the pulley system would, he reasoned, allow a heavier weight to be drawn. After continued experimentation he found that round pulleys and cam-shaped wheels worked best and they were riding on off-set axles called “eccentrics”. The compound bow reaches its peak weight in the middle of the draw; beyond this point as the archer continues to draw back the weight of the draw is significantly reduced, allowing an average-sized archer to comfortably hold a very heavy weight. The compound bow in archery gives an amazing flat trajectory to an arrow’s flight.
It actually took several years for Allen to get anyone to manufacture his new invention, the compound bow. American laws prohibited the use of mechanical devices attached to bows. So, the compound bow could not be used for hunting nor in competitions. Allen began making his own bows, sure that they would catch on so strongly that the laws would be rewritten (and he was once again correct). However, when he was making his own compound bows he realized that he had a design flaw, as he kept on stripping the fletching off his arrows. The crossing cables in the center of the bow were interfering with the arrow’s flight. By 1967 Allen had figured out that he needed to add an extra set of “idle” wheels that got mounted at the center of each limb. These idle wheels were set at 90 degree angles to the limb-tip, and this allowed the cables to now cross to one side of the center line so that they no longer interfered with the arrows’ flight path. With more research, Allen added riser-mounted adjusters so that the archer could use different cable lengths to attain different weights. These adjusters were gear-driven and acted very much like the machine heads for tuning a guitar.
By this time, the compound bow or “Allen bow” was a superior instrument. The flatter and faster trajectory that an arrow could be given due to the increase in stored potential energy meant that now a heavy hunting arrow would be able to find its mark more often and would fly with greater speed. The lighter weight as compared to a recurve bow of the same draw weight meant that this bow was more comfortable to use, as well. However, the sport’s governing body still would have nothing to do with it.

However, the famous American archer and archery magazine editor Tom Jennings love the idea and he used his pull to get the governing body to begin reconsidering its stance. Jennings published an article titled “A Bow with a Compound Interest”. From there, the compound bow found its way into archery.

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