| Archers Rimil Buriuly (from left), Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. (PTI) |
New Delhi: Archer Deepika Kumari had a stunning revelation to make when the Indian team reached the capital after winning their second straight World Cup title in Poland.
Though the recurve trio of Bombayala Devi, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly shocked the London Olympics gold medallists South Korea, the Indians were without a physio during the meet.
“We were without a physio in the entire tournament, which caused problems. Everyday, at the end of the session, we used to help each other,” said Deepika. “In a place where we need to acclimatise, a physio is always necessary.”
The Archery Association of India (AAI) president Vijay Kumar Malhotra was quick to put the blame on the government. “We had told the Sports Authority of India (SAI) about it. But they did not provide the team with a physio,” said the AAI boss.
The team felicitated by Archery Association of India president Vijay Kumar Malhotra at his residence. But the ceremony ended with Deepika in tears because of intense media pressure for interviews. She begged for privacy, saying she was too tired even as several reporters jostled for her interview.
Asked whether the archers would be given any cash award, Malhotra said: “We will have a meeting and then take a decision.”
The archers arrived here on Tuesday to a lukewarm welcome two days after defeating Korea in the World Cup Stage 4 final in Wroclaw, Poland, on Sunday. They had defeated China in Stage 3 of the tournament in Medellin, Colombia last month.
Deepika, who remained the most sought after archer during the felicitation ceremony, said the presence of Korean coach Lim Chae Woong made a huge difference. “The coach is very experienced and knows exactly what is needed to win international competitions,” said Deepika. “Under him, we have developed the big-match temperament.”
Bombayala Devi also supported Deepika and said that Lim made a big difference and helped them to compete against a champion side like Korea.
“It was a blessing to have him by our side during the tournament. It was very windy in the final and his tips made us shoot really well. Most of the top teams have Korean coaches as they are the best in the business,” Bombayala said. “He told us how to adjust to the wind direction and several other important things.”
Bombayala, Deepika and Rimil have been getting support from Olympic Gold Quest, but they expect more from the AAI.