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3rd International Archery Competitions 3-5 March in Aras Geopark

3rd International Archery Competitions 3-5 March in Aras Geopark

Using bow and arrow dates back to five thousands years B.C. and archers are mentioned in literary, art, legends and epics of ancient civilizations such as Iran, Egypt, China, Greece and Rome. In Iranian epic poem Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, there are verses telling about the role of archery among Iranian and their wars.

Archery competition by traditional bow and arrow as Aras Geopark Cup, be held in Aras Free Zone with the slogan "race and gender equality" and aims to celebrate traditional customs and rituals. Beginning from 2018, these competitions be held every year in March in which competitors compete in their local costumes.

In 2020 competition, archers from countries such as Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan will attend. In this course and for the first time, in addition to traditional archery, there will be Field Archery and 3d Archery which are important fields of WA the World Archery Federation. These new fields are supported by local community of geopark aiming to prevent hunting indigenous animals. In this type of archery organizer uses simulated animals as targets in a natural environment.