Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Rio Olympics- Archery Game - All you want to know About Archery

The Word Archery means" shooting with a bow and arrows, especially at a target as a sport." etymologically derived its meaning from late Middle English: from Old French archerie, from archier. This sport is firstly included in Olympics since 1900 Summer Olympics and has been contested in 14 Olympiads. Eighty-four nations have competed in the Olympic archery events, with France appearing the most often at 31 times.

The most noticeable trend has been the dominance of the Korean women archers, who have won 14 out of 15 gold medals in the women's events since 1984. The Korean men archers have been strong in the team event, winning four out of seven gold medals, but less distinguished in the individual event. It is governed by the World Archery Federation (WA; formerly FITA). Recurve archery is the only discipline of archery featured at the Olympic Games. Archery is also an event at the Summer Paralympics. Qualification spots in archery are allotted to National Olympic Committees rather than to individual athletes. There were four ways for NOCs to earn berths in Olympic archery. No NOC is allowed to enter more than three archers of each gender.

 For each gender, the host nation is guaranteed three spots. The most recent World Target Competition's top 8 teams (besides the host nation) each receive three spots, and the 19 highest ranked archers after the team qualifiers are removed also earn spots for their country. 15 of the remaining 18 spots are divided equally among the five Olympic continents for allocation in continental tournaments. The last three spots in each gender are determined by the Tripartite Commission invitation.

 Each NOC that receives three places for individual archers (i.e., the host nation, the top 8 teams at the World Target Competition, and any other nation that is able to take 3 of the remaining 37 places) is able to have its three archers compete as a team in the team competition. The minimum age for an Olympic archer is 16.

 For The Learners : This game is basically divided into following steps

 1.Stance & posture 
 3.Set -hook string & place bowhand 
 7. Load & transfer then hold 
8.Aim & expand 
 10.Follow Through 

 1.Stance & Posture: 
 Right handed archers hold the bow with the left hand, so with your left side toward the target, stand at a right angle to the target, with the tips of your toes against an imaginary line pointing at the center of the target. Your feet should be shoulder's width apart, straddling the shooting line. Stand straight, tall, balanced, with ribs down, shoulders down and relaxed.Shoulders square to the target Try and relax.

 2. Nock (Finger & Hand placement) 

 3.Hook String and place bow hand:
Place your fingers in such a way, that you "hook" the string with your index finger above the nock, and middle and ring finger under the nock Do not use little finger. Hook the string at the first groove. Make sure to maintain a deep hook Set your bowhand on the grip on the inside of your life line, on the meaty part of your thumb. Thumb points toward target. Nock arrow UNDER the nocking point on the string. Listen for the sound of a "snap" as arrow connects to the string. Index feather (odd color fletching) AWAY from the bow Relax your fingers. The back of your hand should make an angle of 45 degrees. The tips of thumb and index finger may touch each other in a relaxed way. Bring the bow arm to shoulder height -keep shoulders DOWN

 4.Set up(Extending the bow arm) 

The elbow of the bow arm is turned away from the string

 5.Drawing the bow 
 Draw the string along the bowarm in a straight horizontal line to the anchor point on your face. Draw with your back muscles, moving the shoulder blades towards each other. Stand straight up and relaxed Keep both shoulders as low as possible.

 6.Anchoring I
f using a sight, the string should touch the chin and the nose. The index finger is curled under the jaw bone, the thumb is NOT used as a reference anchor point. Keep your teeth together. (no gum, remove hats as well) Bow hand, draw hand and Elbow should form a straight line. Keep both shoulders as low as possible

 7. Load transfer, 
then Hold At full draw, transfer the weight of the bow from your arms to your back.

 Aim at full draw, by settling the sight ring onto the target. Maintain the connection of drawing hand to the face. You should see the string line up on the top bow limb exactly at the same place each time and appear a little right of the sight ring. If you are cross dominant- (right handed, left eye dominant or vice-versa) you must shut the other eye. Keep the sight at the target "String picture" : the string lines up on the top bow limb and sight EXACTLY at the same place each time.

 Keep pulling the shoulder blades towards each other, while relaxing the fingers of the draw hand Your relaxed bow hand will let the bow drop.

 10.Follow Through 

You will feel your sling tug gently against your hand, letting you know the sling is catching the bow. Do not move until you see or hear the arrow hit target ("RELEASE 2.3.4") for best accuracy.

 Thats All Folks... You are an Archer Now...

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