History of Archery in FISU
In 1996, the championship season opened with the first World University Archery Championship in Vaulx-en-Velin, France. Combining rigor and harmony, physical fitness and immense concentration, this exemplary Olympic sport was certain to attract student enthusiasm. And because it can be pursued at one's own rhythm without putting pressure on schedules, archery fits easily into the rhythm of university life.
Archery was six times in the list of optional sports at Summer Universiades and has seen notable performances: in 2003 in Daegu, ROK(Republic of Korea); in 2005 in Izmir, Turkey; in 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia; and in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, where the 2010 World University Championship took place as a test event; in 2015 in Gwangju, ROK; and in 2017 in Taipei, China. At the last two editions (the 2015 Gwangju and the 2017 Taipei), two world records were set.
Close cooperation with World Archery ensures a nice future for archery as a FISU sport. Indeed, from 2019 onwards archery will be a compulsory sport on the World University Games programme.