Guwahati, Sept. 12: For archer Dipul Boro, Rio de Janeiro is the next bull’s eye.
Riding high in confidence after clinching three gold medals at the recent World Police Archery and Fire Games at Belfast in Ireland, the archer from the city has set his eyes on the Rio Olympics in 2016.
And his aspiration is justified — if Jayanta Talukdar can, why not Dipul Boro? Both had picked up the bow together and are good friends.
Sealing three gold medals in the individual long bow (traditional) event, which included field archery, target archery and 3D archery, Dipul, an employee with the CRPF, has decided to try out his skills in compound archery which is likely to feature in Rio de Janeiro.
“It’s not that I have not participated and won medals for Assam in the recurve event. I won silver in the 2001 National Games at Patiala and a bronze medal in 2002 edition of the games in Hyderabad. Currently, I am focussing on the compound event as it is likely to be included in the 2016 Olympics,” the archer from the city told The Telegraph.
On the difference between the three categories, Dipul said, “In the traditional bow event, the flow of wind plays a major factor compared to the other two.”
The archer, however, laments that he still does not have a compound bow of his own.
“I have given the CRPF a number of medals till date but it has not been possible for them to provide some of us with a compound bow. By the time they may provide me, it will be too late to start. I have been training by arranging for one,” said Dipul.
He also requested the Assam government if they could provide him with the equipment.
“I don’t expect much as only an Olympic medal can provide one with a promotion, but I do hope to get a transfer and continue pursue the sport in my home state,” the archer added.
Dipul, who joined the CRPF in 2005 as a constable has been training under the guidance of NIS coach Vivek Kumar, who also happen to be an Asian Games gold medallist.
“I joined the force in the sports quota and have been posted in Delhi since then. Our main task is to play and for the last eight years I have been training under Vivek sir, who has been a real support throughout,” Dipul said.
On his career, the archer said: “I took up the bow in 1999 under the supervision of the Guwahati Archery Association. Jayanta Boro, who was then the secretary of the association, used to hold camps under the guidance of some of the leading coaches, which seems to have provided us with the basic training. (Arjuna awardee Olympian) Jayanta Talukdar and I started together. I was there at the Tata Archery Academy for a while, although he remained there and I had to join the SAI (Sports Authority of India). We are still very good friends.”