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Archers aim for better show at nationals

- 25-member state squad raring to go

It is mission Hyderabad for state archers as they gear up for the 35th Junior National Championship that is scheduled to be held in Andhra Pradesh from Tuesday.

The state archers, who have so far cut a sorry figure in the nationals, will look to come up with an improved performance, this time with the Jharkhand Archery Association (JAA) too firmly hoping for a change of fortunes.

“It is true that we have not been able to win many medals in the junior nationals. But our archers have improved a lot in the past one year. So things look positive,” said JAA working secretary L. Murty.

A 24-member outfit announced by the state body for the nationals this year includes some talented archers who bagged medals in the 33rd sub-junior national meet that was held in Bangalore last month.

Silli girl Simpy Kumari, who slotted home a gold in the individual Indian round, Lohardaga’s Indrani Kujur, who bagged silver and bronze in the Indian round and Mukesh Turi who bagged two individual silvers in the Bangalore event have all found a place in the squad.

According to the list of names released, Turi, Motu Soren, Rajesh Majhi, Mahender Karmali, Soni Kumari, Simpy Kumari, Indrani Kujur and Jailalita Kumari will take aim in the Indian round of the junior nationals.

Pawan Xalco, M. Prasanna, Mithilesh Kumar, Akhil Choudhary, V. Sarda, Sitarani Tudu, Asharani Horo and Balmai Hansda have found place in the recurve section.

The compound section will comprise Arjun Rao, Shahansha Biruli, Kamlesh Mahto, Sudhakar Paswan, Durgawati Kumari, Madhumita Kumari, Asrita Kerketta and Rajani Patra.