Mongolia opens dedicated archery field in Ulaanbaatar

A brand-new, dedicated archery facility for both elite and amateur athletes opened in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on 1 August 2018.

Built in under 60 days, around 1000 people donated to the 120,000 USD project. It is situated within Ulaanbaatar’s National Garden Park, a large recreational area in the south of the city.

The field was officially inaugurated by Mongolia’s president Khaltmaagiin Battulga.

“According to researchers, there are three prerequisites for being successful in a sport: tradition, training and talent,” he said, according to Montsame news agency.

“The training part, which was uneven until today, has been remedied thanks to people who love and support sports.”

The field, named 360, can support 32 targets at up to 90 metres, has a winter cover and boasts a huge set of Olympic rings as a backdrop.

Measuring 27 metres across and 13 metres high, the intention is to have the rings recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest. They are designed to symbolise the emergence of a future Mongolian Olympic Champion.

Mongolia has developed archery as a sport since the 1960. 

Dambadondog Baatarjav won the country’s first Paralympic medal when he took gold in the recurve men’s standing event in Beijing in 2008.

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