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Jun 19, 2019
8:12PM

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju facilitates Indian archers in New Delhi

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today felicitated the Indian archery contingent for their superlative performance at the World Archery Championships held in The Netherlands last week.

Meeting the archers at the Sports Authority of India headquarters in New Delhi today, Mr Rijiju congratulated them for winning an Olympic quota for Tokyo 2020 and bagging three medals in the Championship.

India won one silver and two bronze medals at the event, making it the best-ever medal haul in an Archery World Championship. India had won two silver medals in the same event in 2015, which is the country’s second-best performance at the Championship. The Indian men’s recurve team comprising Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav won a silver medal at the Championships.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that government is going to extend all assistance to these players and also to those who have performed well in other sports and have the potential to win an Olympic medal.


He further said that the government will provide all the support the athletes ask for, be it in coaching or technical facilities. Mr Rijiju expressed happiness that the men’s team has already won an Olympic quota and even the women archers are very confident. He said, India has traditionally been very strong in archery and if it can win Olympic gold in the sport then India will be able to prove that.

In the women’s category, Jyothi Surekha Vennam won India’s first individual medal in women’s compound archery as she clinched a bronze medal following a shoot-off win over Turkey’s Yesim Bostan. 

Besides extending all training support, Sports Authority of India is also making arrangements for a mental trainer for the team to help them improve their focus and skills, in preparation for the Olympics.

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