The Cyprus Archery Federation (CAF) was founded in 1972 but became active much later. In 1987 the Cyprus Archery Club (CAC) in Nicosia was founded later followed by Artemis and Kentavros clubs.
On April 8, 1989 the first Pancyprian Archery Tournament was held at Lapatsa aporting club using training bows at a distance of 30m. One year later CAF held the international Tournament «Theofanideia» in memory of Stelios Theofanides, a major figure in Cypriot archery. Subsequently «Theofanideia» become an annual event that CAF holds every year at an international level archery tournament.
Since 1991 the CAF runs a Pancyprian Championship in all age categories and disciplines. In 1993 the first beginners championship was held which was then renamed as the Academies Championship. The two championships are incorporated into the Federation’s plans and the winners from each championship are awarded monetary prizes at the end of each championship year.
In 1993 CAF is awarded the first European Archery Grand Prix. It was the biggest athletic event ever held by our Federation and was widely praised by all. So much so in fact that contributed to CAF organizing the same event in 1994. Since then we held the Grand Prix in 1999 with the participation of 180 athletes from 28 countries and in 2001 with the participation of 135 athletes from 20 countries. In 2007 the European Junior Championship is held in Limassol with the participation of 191 athletes from 18 countries.
In 1996 CAF held the first ever biannual European Small Nations Games. In 1998 they were held by San Marino, 2000 by Malta, 2002 by Luxemburg, 2004 by San Marino and in 2006 again by Cyprus as Monaco was unable to hold them.
Today CAF has in excess of 1000 registered athletes from 22 Member Clubs. It enjoys recognition by the Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) and the Cyprus Olympic Committee as one of the more active Federations since, together with its activities at the competitive level, it boast a great level of activity in coach and judge training and technical equipment setup training at an annual frequency. It is an active member of the International Archery Federation (FITA) and the European and Mediterranean Archery Association (EMAU).
CYPRUS ARCHERY FEDERATION
21, Amfipoleos, Olympic Palac,1687 Nicosia, Cyprus
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