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Target ArcheryArchery has been around for millennia used by natives from all corners of the globe implemented in hunting, fishing, warfare and competition.  The International Archery Federation (FITA) is the international governing body for archery founded in 1931 in Lwow, Poland. FITA has over 140 member associations including the Trinidad and Tobago Target Archery Federation.

Archery was part of the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920 and was discontinued in Paris 1924 because of the inexistence of the governing body. It was reintroduced in the Munich 1972 Olympics and has been part since.

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SwimmingThe English are considered the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1837 swimming competitions were being held in London’s six artificial pools, these competitions were organized by the National Swimming Society in England. As the sport grew in popularity many more swimming pools were built, and when a new governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain, was organized in 1880, it numbered more than 300 member clubs.

In 1896, swimming became an Olympic sport for men with the 100 meters and 1500 meters freestyle competitions held in open water. Soon after, as swimming gained popularity, more freestyle events were included, followed by the backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and lastly, the individual medley.

For a variety of reasons, women were excluded from swimming in the first several Olympic Games. In 1896 and again in 1906, women could not participate because the developer of the modern games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, held firmly to the assumption, common in the Victorian era, that women were too frail to engage in competitive sports. It was only at the 1912 Games when women’s swimming made its debut at the prompting the International Olympic Committee. Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the international governing body for international competitive swimming. The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago is FINA’s associate in this country.

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TAE KWON DOTae kwon do is a martial art that in today’s form of self-defense has evolved by combining many different styles of martial arts that existed in Korea over the last 2,000 years and some martial arts styles from countries that surround Korea.

Tae kwon do incorporates the abrupt linear movements of Karate and the flowing, circular patterns of Kung-fu with native kicking techniques. Over fifty typically Chinese circular hand movements can be identified in modern Tae kwon do. Tae means “to kick” or “to smash with feet”, Kwon implies “punching” or “destroy with hand/fist” and Do means “way” or “method”.

The sport became the most practiced martial art in 1989 and has been an Olympic event since Sydney 2000. Deli 2010 was the first Commonwealth Games include the sport. Master Jin Young Jung, a Korean native introduced Tae kwon do in Trinidad and Tobago in 1976. During his 16 years as president of the Trinidad and Tobago Tae kwon do Association, Master Jung produced 31 black belts, some up to the rank of third Dan.

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SquashSquash is one of the many racket sports that developed from tennis. Players hit a squash ball against the walls in an enclosed four-wall room to gain points form their opponents.

Racket sports and fives (a sport similar to the modern day squash where players hit the ball with their bare hand or in a glove rather than using rackets or other sporting goods) were popular in schools in France and England in the 1800’s but it is Harrow’s school in England where the sport credits its modern game.

The school was the first to build specialized courts for match play and the students modified their rackets to accommodate the small area.

The World Squash Federation (WSF) is the governing body for international squash. It has been working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1986 to make squash part of the Olympic Games. It continues its bids for the London 2012 and the 2018 Olympics. The Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association is the governing body for quash in this country.

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Table TennisThe invention of table tennis is credited to the innovation of game manufactures such as English sports manufactures John Jaques & Sons that sought to market an indoor version of lawn tennis. Several unsuccessful proto types came before the final product, which included several board games and patented “table cricket” and “table football”.

The game became popular through out Europe and in 1926 the International Table Tennis Federation was formed and the first constitution and rules of table tennis were drafted and agreed upon. Millions around the world today enjoy table tennis both recreationally and professionally with many local, regional and international leagues and tournaments.

The sport became a well-respected Olympic sport in 1988 and the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Trinidad Table Tennis Association is the governing body in Trinidad and Tobago.

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SailingSailing is the art of controlling a vessel with large foils called sails. Through out history, sailing has been instrumental in the development of civilization. The sport of sailing is one of the original sports of the first Olympiad in Athens 1896.

Known as Yachting up until 1996, the Sport has been included in each Olympic Games except 1904 St. Louis, Missouri. From its inception in Paris in October 1907, the governing body for the sport of sailing was known as the International Yacht Racing Union.

On 5 August 1996, the IYRU changed its name to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association (TTSA) is the ISAF affiliate in this country.

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