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The unique history of Paralympic Archery

2012-08-30 06:45:36 GMT2012-08-30 14:45:36(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

6 August 1953: A Dutch archery team practising from their wheelchairs in a competition held at Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.(Agencies)

Archery is one of the oldest Paralympic sports, having featured first at the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948.

Archery was originally developed as a means of rehabilitation and recreation for people with a physical disability, and it rapidly evolved into the internationally competitive sport on show at the Games today. The first ever Archery competition involved 16 injured servicemen and women.

Archery has featured on every Paralympic programme since the inaugural competition at Rome 1960.

The Archery competition at London 2012, which starts today, features 140 athletes competing in nine medal events. The competition takes place over seven days at The Royal Artillery Barracks.

(Agencies)

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