- Kiren Rijiju congratulated Archers for posting their best ever performance at the World Championships.
- The Indian archers bagged multiple Olympic Quotas.
- The team had won one silver and two bronze medal at the Championship.
On the account their historic performances at the World Archery Championships held in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju felicitated the Indian archery contingent on Wednesday.
The newly inducted Minister also congratulated the archers for bagging an Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020 apart from winning three medals in the Championship.
“Our men’s and women’s archery teams have just come back from the World Championships and I am very happy that the men’s team has already won an Olympic quota, and even the women archers are very confident. India has traditionally been very strong in archery and if we can win Olympic gold in the sport then we will be able to prove that,” Kiren Rijiju said.
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“The 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. We will provide whatever support the athletes ask for – be it in coaching or technical facilities,” he added.
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Apart from extending all infrastructural support, the Sports Authority of India will also be providing a mental trainer for the team to boost their focus and skills, in the run in to the Olympics.
The Indian archers had registered a fantastic performance at the championship, earning India an Olympic berth despite the multiple controversies before the competition.
They concluded with one silver and two bronze medals at the event, thus making it the country’s best-ever medal tally at an Archery World Championship.
India had managed to win two silver medals in the same event back in 2015, which remains the country’s second-best performance at the Championship.
The Indian men’s recurve silver-winning team included the trio of Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav.
There was good news from the women’s category as well, with Jyothi Surekha Vennam winning India’s first ever individual medal in women’s compound archery. Vennam bagged the bronze medal following an intensely tight shoot-off victory over Yesim Bostan of Turkey. Apart from archery, Vennam is also a trained swimmer. In fact, the athlete has her name etched in the Limca Book of Records for crossing the Kaveri river on three occasions at the age of 4.