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Archery Classification

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This is a brief overview of the sport classes and is in no way legally binding. In all cases the sport specific classification rules will take precedence. Should this page be out of date please contact classification@paralympic.org.

Eligible impairment types

Impaired muscle power


Impaired passive range of movement


Limb deficiency


Leg length difference

Sport classes:

Paralympic archers compete in two sport classes:


Archers in this sport class compete in a wheelchair because their impairment includes the loss of leg and trunk function. Also, their arms show a loss of muscle strength, co-ordination or range of movement. For example, one condition that might fit this sport class profile is tetraplegia.


Archers who historically competed in the W2 and ST sport classes have been merged together as their impairments have an equal impact on the outcome of competition.

Archers in this sport class may have a strong activity limitation in their trunk and legs and compete in a wheelchair. Their arms, however, show normal function. This profile would likely apply to paraplegic archers.

Also in this sport class athletes compete in a standing position, they require some standing support because of poor balance. They either have a leg-length difference, limb deficiency or impairments that also affect their arms and trunk.