The 53rd World Archery Congress is due to be held in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch on 1/2 June 2019 on the eve of the World Archery Para Championships running from 3 to 9 June and the World Archery Championships from 10 to 16 June.
Image courtesy Emil Heilborn: competitors and officials attending 1931 World Archery Championships.
Para archery has been integral to the Paralympic movement since the beginning when the sport was used as a rehabilitation tool for injured veterans at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Para archery was the first sport in which wheelchair athletes had organised competition and was one of the original Paralympic sports at Rome 1960. It has been present on the programme of every Summer Paralympic Games since.
Separate individual competitions are held for men and women, as well as mixed team events.
Recurve and compound bows are permitted for use on the Hyundai Archery World Cup circuit and World Archery Championships.
Classification provides the framework and structure of international para archery competition.