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Archery as a Competitive Sport: Growth, Challenges, and Opportunities in India

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Welcome to our exploration of archery in India – a journey that goes beyond medals and records. The recent success at the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou is truly awe-inspiring for many, but not just has it marked India’s coming of age as a sports power too. We will examine the remarkable accomplishments of Indian archers in this blog post and also show how the landscape of sports in the country has changed. After almost a decade long wait, Indian archers made history by winning three golds, one silver and one bronze medal. However, this was no overnight sensation—it had its roots in an ancient culture that celebrated warriors like those depicted in Mahabharata stories. Archery has come a long way since then and has become an Olympic sport with nations now competing against each other irrespective of whether they are developed or developing countries.

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What Makes Archery Special? 

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Archery is an inclusive sport allowing athletes of all backgrounds to compete equally on level playing field. Let us unravel how archery contributes to the sporting industry in India as we try to understand its growth; challenges and exciting opportunities involved.

Growth of Archery 

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The growth and recognition of Indian archer’s being seen in para sports. Sheetal devi, a 17-year-old para-archer not only won silver at the world para championships but also was named the female para-archer of the year as well as the sportswoman of the year by TOISA. Rakesh Kumar, India’s first gold medalist in World Archery Para Championships was named male para-archer of the year. Ojas Deotale, Jyothi Vennam and Aditi Swami were awarded with ‘archer of the year’ while Aditi Swami became the youngest World Archery Champion ever. These accolades illustrate that not only do Indian archers perform brilliantly on international stages, but they also receive reputable national awards indicative of a fast-progressing sport and diligent athletes.

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