As per the promise by Google to keep us posted with its new doodle dedicated to sports, it will put up a new one daily till the Olympic Games are ongoing. To initiate we have a London 2012 archery doodle. On the sport-doodle list, The London 2012 archery doodle reserves second place as London 2012 Opening Ceremony doodle had already been published this Friday.Remember those athletes with Google logo in their hands? Each one of those five athletes belonged to a specific Olympic discipline: they were football, swimming, running/jumping, javelin throw, fencing and basketball starting from left.The archery doodle is as innovative. It portrays a female archer aiming at a bull’s-eye without compromising the Google logo since the bull’s-eye is the very centre of one of the two “o”s in the word Google. Google is vividly displayed as painted on a wall.
Google-doodles for Olympics isn’t a new born tradition rather it dates back to 2000 when the Sydney Olympics were held and we witnessed them from 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City, USA), through 2004 Athens Olympics, all the way to 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, then 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the recent 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
The archery doodle this Saturday is also not the first one. Google put up the first one in 2000 during Sydney Olympics then another one in 2004 during Athens Olympics and now in London 2012 we have the third one skipping Beijing 2008 that is. Al0ongwith some other events the archery ones had also started off before the grand Opening Ceremony and they are scheduled to continue till the 3rd of August. Archery was included and started way back in 1900 Summer Olympics and till date the contests have been held in 14 Olympiads.
It had its own tragedy as it was taken out of Olympics after London 1908, and after a only a single contest in 1920 it was added back in during Munich 1972. 52 long years later! The venue for archery events at London 2012 is Lord's Cricket Ground. There are four medal events - men's Individual, women's Individual, men's Team and women's Team are the four events to be contested for medals. The participants number 128 competitors with 64 being men and 64 women. Each country wishing to send athletes has the limit of sending only 6 athletes out of which 3 are to women and 3 men.
London 2012 Archery on Google Doodle