Hurdup Tiriya, one of the seven archers who have made it to the Indian squad
Seven archers from two cradles in Kolhan region have made it to the national squad that will participate in a prestigious competition in China next month.
The youths will fly to the old city of Wuxi in southern Jiangsu province two days before the World Youth Archery Championship, scheduled from October 13 to 20.
Tata Archery Academy cadets Padmavati Sardar, V. Sharda, Vinod Swansi and Suleskha Singh and SAIL Eklavya Academy pupils Gurucharan Singh, N. Lavanya and Hurdup Tiriya bagged the berths on the basis of their performance at the three-day selection trials held at Army Sports Institute in Pune this week.
Sixteen archers — eight boys and as many girls — from Kolhan had attended the trials organised by Archery Association of India.
Coach of Eklavya Academy in Kiriburu, West Singhbhum, Rajender Guinya said his wards were talented and were expected to do well in China. “The archers have worked hard and their performance at the trials was testimony to that. I am very happy over their selection in the national outfit,” Guinya added.
His counterpart at the Tata cradle Dharmender Tiwary said he was always optimistic about their selection in the Indian team.
Though cadets from the Tata academy are regularly selected in the national squad, the SAIL cradle has begun spawning talented of late.
Tiriya, a 19-year-old underprivileged tribal youth from Lohahatu in West Singhbhum, had represented the country in the World Youth Archery Championship in Legnica, Poland, in 2011.
Guinya recalled that the talented archer had landed at the academy in tattered clothes because he had walked 30km from home to Majgaon to catch a train to Barbil, from where he had boarded a bus to reach Kiriburu.
Today, Tiriya is a regular in senior meets.
Lavanya and Gurucharan will, on the other hand, be making their debut in international competition. While the former hails from Andhra Pradesh, Gurucharan is from Rajasthan. Both joined the academy in 2011.
“The event in China will provide ample exposure to our cadets. It will help them in the long run,” Guinya said.