An ancient sport of kings and queens, more recently made famous by the films Robin Hood and Lord of the Rings, Archery has been part of the Paralympic programme since 1960. It is practised in more than 54 countries worldwide.
Comparable to the French boules game of pétanque, the aim of Boccia is to throw a set of colored balls as close to the jack as possible. The sport was refined from an ancient Greek game in Italy in the 16th century, and developed specifically for athletes with a high level of impairment. It therefore has no counterpart in the Olympic Games.