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Archery meet in Bokaro

Jamshedpur’s grip over archery events will soon be a thing of the past.

The Jharkhand Archery Association (JAA) has zeroed down on Bokaro’s Kumar Mangalam Stadium for holding the 10th Jharkhand State Archery Championship.

The five-day event, which will see archers competing in the senior, junior and sub-junior recurve, compound and Indian rounds, will start on December 12.

“We want archery to spread wings to other parts of the state. Jamshedpur has so far been the main centre of the event. But the time has come now that we start looking at other districts,” JAA working secretary L. Murty said.

He added Bokaro had adequate infrastructure and facilities to hold state-level events.

“The Bokaro District Archery Association had shown interest in holding the event. We, however, have left nothing to chance and made a list of infrastructure available in that city. It was only then that they got our nod,” Murty said. He added that Jamshedpur boasted a classy infrastructure thanks to Tata Steel and hence had been their first choice for long.

Interestingly, as part of its efforts of giving wings to the game, JAA had earlier this year allotted the state meet to Chaibasa, the West Singhbhum district headquarters. Besides this, it has also hosted selection trials at Silli and Seraikela-Kharwsawan, the so called archery hub of the state.

“Top archers like Dola Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee, make it a point to prepare themselves in Jamshedpur before any big ticket events. The steel city is a leader when it comes to infrastructure, but we want other district to grow as well,” the JAA working secretary said.

Besides several state and national level championships — including the 34th National Games — Jamshedpur has also played host to Commonwealth Archery Championship, an international competition.

According to the details released for the meet in Bokaro, the sub-junior boys and girls will aim for the bullseye from a distance of 20m and 30m while the juniors would try striking the target from a 30m to 40m distance. The senior archers will take aim from a 30m and 50m distance.

In the sub-junior recurve category, the participants will need to shoot from a distance of 60m and 70m, while their senior and junior counterparts would have to take aim from a distance of 70m and 90m.

In the compound section, shooting distance for sub-juniors, juniors and seniors has been keep at 50 m.

“Each participating district can send in only team not consisting more than 8 players,” Murty signed off.