When recurve and compound bows dominate international archery, the presence of traditional bamboo bows in domestic Indian events raises interest about their relevance in the modern age.
For close to 45 years now, the Archery Association of India (AAI) has been promoting the bamboo bows (also known as Indian round competition) by conducting National championships at senior, junior and sub-junior levels. This has helped popularise archery among common people and also earned them jobs in various institutions, such as Services, Railways, Central Reserve Police Force, Assam Rifles and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Interestingly, the biggest contribution of bamboo bows has been in taking archery to the masses.
“Most of the aspiring archers in our country come from humble background and start with bamboo bows as these are much cheaper than the professional recurve or compound bows. […]
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