Returning of the entry fees

Dear members and friends,

These days, the ETO 2021 would have taken place. The range construction for the ETO 2021 would have been prepared. The rooms in Guteneck and the surrounding area would have been occupied. And we would all have been looking forward to a tournament with a lot of international friends. Instead we pay back now your entry fee and are looking for a new host for 2022 and the following years. By the way: We will gladly examine serious letters and forward them to the national associations.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to repay all your contributions yet. In some cases, we lack the bank details, and many e-mail addresses are rejected as no longer valid. If you still miss the booking, please use our contact form to send us your bank details. If you have concerns about data security, leave an e-mail address there, we are also happy to communicate directly by e-mail.

We still feel pretty sad, that we weren’t able to come together to celebrate the ETO 2021. But we also are looking forward to 2022 in the hope of coming events.

In the name of the Board and World Council

Frank Schmitt

Eric Lindemann
Vice President


Cancellation of the ETO 2021

The message from our organizer came shockingly: “The authorities have strongly advised against further planning of a major international event.” The district to which Guteneck belongs is currently among the ten worst affected areas with the highest incidence rates in Germany. At the moment, the authorities there are extremely overloaded. They are very likely not to be able to process the necessary applications.

This hint is so crystal clear that we, together with the organizer of the event, decided nine weeks before the deadline to cancel all further planning. Unfortunately, the ETO 2021 will not be carried out. We will start transferring the starting fees back in the next few days.

For the next year – 2022, we launched a call for tenders a few weeks ago. For a Traditional Historical Open (EHO), all our member associations were asked to look for possible venues and to participate in the competition. Whether we will also have an ETO and thus two events in 2022 is not yet discussed.

All of you might ask, what is the EHO? The EHO (European Historical Open) is a championship in which targets are shot according to historical originals and rules. If you want to get an idea of this, you should inform yourself about the WOT (Germany), Obidos (Portugal), Golup (Poland) or the traditional shooting in India or Singapore.

At this point, we would like to say to all our members that we are deeply sorry, especially as most of the preparations for the ETO have already been completed. The Board of Directors is already busy making the rest of the year as interesting as possible for our members, in what way and form, we will inform you all about this as soon as possible.

On behalf of the entire Board,

Frank Schmitt

Eric Lindemann
Vice President


Planning status 09.03.2021

There are currently 168 registered participants and 29 participants are on the waiting list. The Vaccination progress in Germany shows about 3.1%. Unfortunately, incidence in Germany is not decreasing as expected. The region around the venue shows worrying figures, but is still on average in Europe. The next neighbour, the Czech Republic is currently the problem country in Europe. Our member, the TBVD has actually cancelled its German Championship in April. Under these conditions, the decision of the TBVD is comprehensible.

The scheduled date of the ETO is only 5 weeks after this cancelled German championship. We have therefore discussed with the organizer the possibility of alternative dates. The result was pretty clear. Due to the holiday planning of the many helpers and supporters, a postponement is impossible. For the ETO, this means either it takes place on the scheduled date or it fails. This also means that we will immediately take all further steps as soon as an appointment is available and do everything necessary to implement them. In the near future, self-testing will be available in sufficient numbers, and vaccination will continue. The combination of these measures together will be crucial for ETO 2021.

Let’s all hope for the best. Stay healthy!

On behalf of the entire board
Frank Schmitt

Planning status 07.02.2021 

There are currently 170 registered participants and 28 are on the waiting list. It is still not possible to make a firm statement as to whether the ETO can take place. In Germany, the number of newly infected people is decreasing, but Portugal faces major challenges. An even more contagious variant of the virus is currently being detected throughout Europe.

Even if the ETO is allowed to take place, we certainly need to add a hygiene concept to the approval documents. Whether we are allowed to stay in a hall with catering is questionable. A musically supported closing event? We don’t know. Imaginable outdoors, but in a hall when it rains? It’s questionable. We will not lose our courage so quickly, but we should think of everything and everybody. Perhaps even about a postponement of the date, if we are not yet allowed to receive our foreign  friends and participants.

On behalf of the entire board
Frank Schmitt

Preview on 2021 

The ETO 2020 could not take place. Instead, there should be an ETO in June 2021. However, the organizer and I cannot make any reliable statements today about the possibilities that we will present in June. Until then, the planning will be almost into the dark, the view extends at most until the next conference of the state governments and their relatively short-term decisions to contain the corona pandemic. However, the approval process must start at a point in time at which there are no reliable specifications.  

The board of the T.A.I. decided in its last meeting, despite all adversities, to do everything possible to allow the ETO to take place in 2021. This may mean a reduced number of shooters, the absence of a graduation ceremony, or even a postponement of the date. We are aware that this is also a great challenge for planning your vacations. Bookings for pensions and hotels will only be possible with reservation. But unfortunately that is all that is in our power. Our foreign guests also have the uncertainty about entry regulations and flight schedules. We will plan ahead as far as possible and offer you a good time according to the circumstances.  

Planning status  December 30th 2020: 

174 participants are currently registered. On January 4th, 2021 we will open a waiting list for another 162 people. The first placed (first in / first out) moves up from this waiting list, if there are cancellations due to travel restrictions or similar. Should it become evident in the next few months that the event may take place with an increased number of participants, we will register the people from the waiting list as participants. 

This planning status is constantly adapted to the possibilities and the then current situation. We advise you to inform yourself here regularly!  

On behalf of the entire board
Frank Schmitt

The T.A.I. has a new board

On November 8, 2020, the assembly of delegates’ for the election of the new board took place. All board members were elected and confirmed unanimously. The old and new president is Frank Schmitt (Germany), the old and new vice-president is Eric Lindemann (Germany), Paula Duarte (Portugal) was elected as the new treasurer, Filipe Campaniço (Portugal) was elected as the new cash auditor, and Savita Joshi ( India) was chosen for sports director. Thus, the board is international and almost equally made up of women and men. We are very much looking forward to the work that lies ahead of us and thank you for the trust that the delegates and thus our members have placed in us. The minutes of the meeting are available under Downloads.

On behalf of the entire board
Eric Lindemann
Vice President

Registration postponed

The T.A.I. board decided to postpone the registration to January 4th 2021.

This give us more space to react on the Corona pandemic and its further process. Nevertheless, the announcement for an application for a vaccine gives hope.

New Members for the T.A.I.

Traditional Archers International has new members. In addition to the two clubs “Longbow Heritage” from Great Britain and the “Traditional Archers Koblach” from Austria, three associations also joined the T.A.I.
Six months ago, the DBSV (German Archery Association 1959) and the ASFI (Archery Sports Federation India) joined. AAL (Asociacion Arco Libre España) became our newest member since October.

We wish all archers and board members of these clubs and associations a “warm welcome to the T.A.I.”

ETO 2020
becomes ETO 2021

Dear members, dear participants of ETO 2020,

As already announced, we are monitoring the current situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic very carefully.

As announced by the German federal government today, major events remain banned until August 31, 2020. Therefore, the T.A.I. is not able to carry out the ETO2020.

In anticipation of this case, the executive board, together with the delegates from our member countries, decided in a detailed meeting to postpone ETO 2020 to the year of 2021.

The board of directors,together with the delegates and the organizer in Guteneck Castle agreed to a new appointment. The ETO 2020 thus becomes an ETO 2021.

The ETO 2021 will take place from June 7th to June 11th, 2021 at Guteneck Castle. The dates of the national championships and events of our member associations were of course taken into account.

Sadly we have to follow this path with great regret, because we were excited about the great Interest and meeting all the participants. We are also relieved that our foreign members can remain with us as participants. Because what would be an ETO without participants from our member countries, it would be just a German championship and that is not what we all want.

The board of the T.A.I. however has a request to all participants:
Please check if you can participate at the new date in June 7th to June 11th, 2021. If you should be able to take part in this appointment, please leave your entry fee with us, because the organizer has already spent parts of it on material in preparation. This of course implements, that your registration will remain.

In the name of the board of directors and the T.A.I. Delegates
Eric Lindemann
Vice President

Important message on ETO 2020

“Dear participants of ETO 2020, the board of the T.A.I. observes the current situation regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) very carefully. We reserve the right to make a decision by April 22nd whether ETO 2020 will take place. We ask all participants for patience and hope to give you all a positive message regarding ETO 2020. ”

The registration to the ETO 2020 is closed

Dear traditional archers, the registration ti the ETO 2020 is be closed. We can not accept any further registrations.

The registration will soon be closed

Dear traditional archers, remember, the registration will be closed at March 15th, 2020. After that date, we can not accept any further registrations.
We would also like to advise all registered archers who have not yet paid their entry fees to do so immediately.

Happy New Year

The board of the T.A.I., with Frank, Eric and Stephan wishes all members, friends and supporters of Traditional Archers International a healthy and successful start to 2020. We would like to thank you for the friendship, the support and the great acceptance by the many traditional archers and friends of the T.A.I., whom we experienced in 2019.

The community is growing

. . . The T.A.I. got new members, from Brazil, Hungary, and Poland. This means that 10 nations are already represented at ETO 2020.


New members in T.A.I.

Since three month, the Greek Club Koryvantes is a member of the T.A.I.
Koryvantes organized the first 3D tournament last year in Florina in Greece under the auspices of T.A.I.  This year again this tournament took place in Florina. Spyros Bakas and Eleni Antoniadu have performed a truly successful event on behalf of Koryvantes and to the great satisfaction of international guests from Germany, England, Korea, Turkey and the USA. – Thanks for that from the T.A.I.

As a new member, the T.A.I. welcomes the Traditional Archers Singapore. With Ahmad Zuhairi and Alfyan Ariff, the two founders, Traditional Archers Singapore has managed since 2011 to bring together a very active group dedicated to traditional archery.

Welcome TAS.

The registration to ETO 2020 is open.

You will find the registration form under the tab “ETO 2020/Registration”
Follow this link to the registration . . . –>

The Sport Regulation is updated

To read the Sport Regulation and Rules go here –>

The official invitation to ETO 2020 is now online.

You will find the Invitation of tenders under the tab
“ETO 2020/Invitation of tenders” and it can be downloaded as a PDF.

News about ETO 2020

For all those interested in the ETO: the competition rounds have been determined, you can find out more here ->

A brief overview on our pages

All important dates for tournaments, seminars or workshops can be found under Events ->

You can find changes to bow styles, sports regulations or tournament rules under Archery ->

If you want to know more about the T.A.I., its board or its members, just click on Organisation ->

You can download important documents such as application form, statues, and others under Download ->

If you have any questions or suggestions, just click on Contact ->