Archery is the practice or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows. The word comes from the Latin “arcus” meaning bow or arch. A person who participates in archery is typically called an archer or bowman. Someone who is enthusiastic of, or is an expert at archery is called a “Toxophilite” which is Ancient Greek.
Archery requires skills of precision, control, focus, repetition and determination. Like golf, it is addictive in personal challenge. It is available to be practiced by all, no matter of age, gender or physical ability; and a widespread pastime in both developed and developing countries. Archery is the one the original Olympic events.
As a “SPORT”, archery has rules governed by World Archery for both indoors and outdoors. This includes the Olympic competition. The sport is usually referred to as “Target Archery”. It is mostly an amateur sport, but has a pro level money division. One of the largest emerging sports following the evolution of golf and tennis in development.
Historically, archery originated for hunting, protection, and war. In modern times, archery is mainly a competitive sport and a recreational activity (includes many games of play and hunting pursuit).
It is said that archery was invented in the late Palaeolithic or early Mesolithic periods. The oldest signs of archery in Europe can be dated around 10,000BC. In Asia and the Middle East evidence suggests archery originated even earlier.