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Quartet eye C’wealth tutors slot
- Archery association to select Games coaches

Jamshedpur, Aug. 12: They may well be the Dronacharyas of Indian archers for the upcoming XIX Commonwealth Games.

Meet steel city’s quartet of archery coaches — Dharmendra Tiwary, Harinder Singh, Purnima Mahto and D. Saiswari Rao — vying for the coveted jobs of coaching Indian archers.

According to sources in the Archery Association of India (AAI), there are tentatively five posts — a male and female each for recurve and compound divisions and a chief coach. With ace archer and Arjuna awardee Limba Ram chosen for the top post, the four contenders from the steel city will face tough competition from at least seven coaches of different states for the remaining slots.

The countdown has started. AAI is expected to announce the final names at the SAI Eastern Centre in Calcutta from August 20-23.

“The chief coach of the Indian archery team will be Limba Ram. We’ll announce the rest after the final selection trials,” AAI secretary-general Paresh Nath Mukherjee told The Telegraph.

Dharmendra and Purnima, associated with Tata Archery Academy (TAA) for nearly a decade, are experienced in recurve archery. Harinder, a coach at a state archery academy in Dugni, and Saiswari are coaches of the compound division. Dharmendra, off to Singapore tomorrow for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games with two TAA cadets, Atanu Das and Seema Verma, is one of the best in the business.

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