Archery confirmed for sports programme at LA28 Paralympics

Para archer shoots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Archery has been announced as one of the 22 sports on the initial programme of the LA28 Paralympic Games, with a possible further two being added later. The core list of sports has remained unchanged since Tokyo 2020.

Thirty-three sports applied for a place in Los Angeles.

Archery is at the roots of the Paralympic movement. Dr Ludwig Guttmann used the sport as a rehabilitation activity for wounded veterans and organised the first Stoke Mandeville Games for the Paralysed, the precursor to the modern Paralympics, in 1948.

LA28 will mark the 18th official edition of the Games – and the 18th consecutive appearance for archery.

The next Paralympic Games will take place in Paris and the archery competitions will use the same venue as the Olympics at Les Invalides, in the centre of the French capital.

Nine gold medals were awarded to archers at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, in men’s, women’s and mixed team events across recurve, compound and W1 competition categories.