July 19, 2003

Tata Archery Academy archers excel at 42nd World Archery Championship

Jamshedpur: Dr T Mukherjee, president - Jharkhand Archery Association, stated that the Indian archers created history at Van Cortland Park, New York at the 42nd World Archery Championship, when for the first time the men's team qualified for the semi-finals. The women's team also won the 1/8th elimination. Both the men's and the women's teams have qualified for the Athens Olympics 2004.

Archery is the only sport from India that has qualified as a team event in the men's and women's categories for the Athens Olympics. The Indian archers put up their highest scores so far in any international meet. The Indian men's team, which was ranked at 13 in the FITA qualification round, raised its rank to 8th position when they beat Russia with a score of 249 to 241 points in the 1/8th round. Later, in the pre-quarter finals, they beat Ukraine to improve their team ranking to 4th place with a score of 247 to Ukraine's score of 244. In the semi finals, which will be held at Central Park, New York on July 20, they will be pitted against the South Koreans who are the reigning World Champions.

The women's team beat Turkey with a score of 236 to 231 in the 1/8th round and thereafter lost to Ukraine with a score of 236 to 239 points.

In the FITA event, the scores put up by the Indian archers were:
Satyadev with 1314, Ved Kumar with 1294 and Tarun Deep with 1288 points. The women archers' scores were Reena Kumari with 1318, Dola Bannerjee with 1311, Chekrovolu Swuro with 1308 and Bhegyabati Chanu with 1280 points.

Sanjeeva Singh, coach of the Indian team, who is currently in New York, said that this has been the best performance of the Indian team in the history of Indian archery. He said, "The men's team is in good form. If the archers continue to put up the performance that they have been till now, we may have a good shot at winning a medal."

Dr Mukherjee added that the Indian girls team had been trained at the Tata Archery Academy, which was set up in 1996.