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Aditi Jaiswal is one of the promising female recurve archers from West Bengal. She has been the only one from West Bengal to have secured her berth in the senior Indian women’s recurve archer squad for the Asian Games this year. Additionally, she has earned eligibility to take part in her maiden World Championship, to be held in Berlin at the end of July, and will be taking part also in the two World Cups before. Even, before her maiden participation in the World Cup stage IV, held in Medellin, Columbia last year Aditi defeated Olympian Deepika Kumari by shooting a perfect 10 in the last round of the national championship that was a qualifier for the World Cup.
The Beginning of Aditi Jaiswal
Aditi Jaiswal started archery along with her elder brother in 2013. She was only eight years old. Her father Rajkumar Jaiswal is a businessman. She had also tried to take other games like skating. Still, archery grabbed her attraction. The second-year student of economics honors at St. Xavier’s College who is presently training at Dola and Rahul Banerjee Archery Academy (DRB) in Kolkata for the last two years, has attributes for the SAI coaches Rajkumar and Prakash Gangadhar as she uttered,
“I was there at the SAI for around seven years till the lockdown started in 2020. I was perfectly groomed there learning the basics of the game.”
She was spotted by Olympian Rahul Banerjee around in 2015 and then after she won gold and bronze medals in the University games, Aditi did not look back.
Aditi Jaiswal and her Hardships
Aditi won her first medal in the national meet with a bow made of bamboo. She had to continue playing archery even till 2021 as her father’s business was stopped for almost two consecutive years. The family was going through an acute financial crisis during that phase. It was not possible for Aditi to buy a modern imported recurve bow. She finally got it at her school, Mahadevi Birla High School.
“I used to play with a bamboo bow for a long time. After watching Korean archers in the 2016 Rio Olympics I felt I would be able to prosper without a recurve bow. But my father could not afford it. So, my school authority came forward and presented a modern imported recurve bow to me. I am thankful to my school.”
Aditi’s immediate dream is to win a medal in World Championship she will participate for the first time. But she did not sound nervous saying,
“I am optimistic that I will be able to perform because I have left no stone unturned in my preparation and I believe working hard pays ultimately.”