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World Archery proposes compound events for Los Angeles 2028 Olympics

Compound archery could be introduced for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics ©Getty Images

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World Archery proposes compound events from 2028 LA Olympics CanIndia News

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World Archery, the sports global governing body, has proposed the inclusion of compound archery in the Olympics and the proposal is officially being considered for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

If approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), compound archery will be included alongside the current recurve event in the sports programme of the LA28 Olympic Games, World Archery said in a release from Lausanne, Switzerland.

This will open up a medal opportunity for upcoming nations like India, which has won many medals in compound archery at the international level. South Korea has dominated the recurve section winning 43 medals in all with USA second with 33.

The proposal from World Archery is for an additional indoor archery competition for men, women and mixed teams that would last approximately three days, shorter than the current nine-day Olympic schedule, said the release carried on the official website of World Archery.

Competing over 18 metres and indoors, in comparison to the 70-metre outdoor recurve format, would clearly differentiate the two events while building on the successful professional indoor archery circuit that is already well-established in the USA, the host nation of the next Games after Paris 2024, the release informed.

The request will now be assessed by the International Olympic Committee, alongside submissions from other sports, before a final decision is made.

Compound is a modern bow style invented in the 1960s that uses a system of pulleys and cables, along with release aids and magnified scopes, to increase the bow’s speed and accuracy. The compound competition emphasises precision, tension and perfection.

It has featured at the World Archery Championships since 1995 and on the Hyundai Archery World Cup since its launch in 2006. Compound events are included in the sports programmes of the Asian Games, European Games, Pan American Games, World Games and World University Games.

Archery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its return to the Olympics in 2022. The sport featured on the programme of the Games in 1900-1908 and 1920 before taking a 52-year hiatus until 1972.

The number of available medals has since risen from two to five with the introduction of recurve team competitions – and the mixed team at Tokyo 2020.

“For nearly 30 years, compound and recurve have been treated equally within the sport of archery, while World Archery has invested considerable resources in developing the discipline at grassroots and elite levels worldwide,” World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen was quoted as saying in the release.

“Compound is now an important event, alongside recurve, in many major continental and regional Games as well as the World Games. We have seen phenomenal growth in participation and results, particularly from female athletes, and particularly in countries with aspiring sporting legacies like India, Colombia and Mexico,” he added.


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Gun Club looks forward to holding events, beginning with weekend Youth Archery Shoot

Gun Club looks forward to holding events, beginning with weekend Youth Archery Shoot

The Algoma Rod & Gun Club is looking forward to holding special events again for the first time since the pandemic first struck in 2020.

Though COVID hasn’t gone away, most restrictions have been lifted for many people.

With that, the club on Connor Road will be holding its annual Youth Archery Shoot for archers from three to 20 years old – for the first time since 2019 – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 24. 

“It’s good to be back to normal and have things to look forward to again, especially for the kids. We’re up to 66 registered now,” said event organizer Lana Perry.

“Everybody who comes and shoots will get a prize. Rather than medals for just the kids who placed, everybody who comes will get something so that it really ensures they have fun and want to come out and do it again.”

Prizes include items such as compasses, backpacks and hats.   

In the province of Ontario archers 20 and under are viewed as youth, Perry said.

“For a lot of people the Youth Archery Shoot is their first tournament. We often use it as a tournament to teach people how tournaments work. It typically closes out our indoor season before we move to our outdoor season. It’s a great tournament where people can learn but I also have experienced people that attend as well.”

Participants are split up into Junior, Cadet, Cub, PreCub and PeeWee age groups.

“The youngest one I’ve got is four and she started shooting this year,” Perry said.

Of 80 youth in Perry’s archery classes, more than 60 of them have registered for this year’s shoot.

“It’s really nice for me to see them shooting,” Perry said.

There are slightly more males than females registered for the event.

Older participants will shoot in the morning of April 24, the younger ones in the afternoon.

Participants must have their own equipment, or equipment they borrow from the club if they are enrolled in current spring lessons. 

Perry said she can still take registrations for Sunday’s shoot by email until 3 p.m. Friday.

Other upcoming events include the Algoma Rod & Gun Club Gun Show on May 7 and Ladies Night at the Range will be held on July 7.

Ladies can show up without registering, Perry said.

“I love watching first time lady shooters. They’ll take some shots, then turn around beaming. They’ll have these big smiles and say ‘that was cool.’ They feel comfortable learning something new with other ladies, and we have one on one instructors with them. It’s a lot of fun.”

So far, 61 people plan to attend the gun show, 48 plan to attend Ladies Night.

“Everybody’s been waiting for all these events for years,” Perry said.

“We used to have things to look forward to and then COVID got rid of everything. Now with things lifted we can start looking forward to some events again.”

More information on the Youth Archery Shoot can be found on Facebook.