When I hear the phrase ‘Ultimate Sport’, the first thing that comes to mind is Mixed Martial Arts or the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Archery is not the first thing that comes to mind, and I love the sport.
All athletes have their opinion of what the ultimate sport is, usually it’s theirs. How one defines the ultimate sport varies from person to person. A martial artist will probably have a different idea of the ultimate sport than a marathoner. One’s ideal sport involves skill and head to head competition. The other’s ideal competition is between him and himself, a test of his mental and physical endurance.
So what about archers? Why might archers think of theirs as being the ultimate sport? In the following video, the International Archery Federation (FITA) makes their argument for why this age-old sport is the ultimate sport.