A 24-member archery team (boys and girls) from Jharkhand left for Kokrajhar in Assam on Friday to take part in the 36th Junior National Championship.
The five-day meet, which kicks off on November 24, will see young archers from across the country trying their luck in Indian, recurve and compound divisions. The state outfit was picked after selection trials held at JRD Tata Sports Complex on November 18.
Announcing the team, Jharkhand Archery Association working secretary L. Murty said he was optimistic of a good show at Kokrajhar. “The selected archers’ performance at the trials was satisfactory. They are expected to come good at the nationals,” he added.
Dilip Mahto (Silli), Manish Choudhari (Dhanbad), Shiv Kumar Kumbhkar (Seraikela-Kharsawan) and Mahendra Karmali (Bokaro) comprise the boys’ squad in the Indian round. Indrani Kujur (Lohardaga), Sombari Roy (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Bharti Mahto (Silli) and Soni Kumari (Dhanbad) have found berths in the eves’ line-up.
In the recurve division, the boys’ outfit will be represented by Gurucharan Singh, Hurdup Tiriya (SAIL Academy, Kiriburu), Binod Swansi (Tata Archery Academy) and Prasanna Kumar (Tata Archery Training Centre).
Asha Rani Horo (SAI, Ranchi), Padmavati Sardar (Tata Archery Academy), N. Lavanya and Snehal from SAIL Academy will compete in the girls’ section.
Of them, Gurucharan, Hurdup, Binod, Padmavati and Lavanya have already represented the country in international competitions.
Archers who have found place in the boys’ team in compound division include Sudhakar Paswan (East Singhbhum), Sahensha Biruly (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Sourav Dutta (SAIL Academy) and Anuj Kumar Gupta (SAI Ranchi). Rajni Patro (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Madhumita Kumari, Ajanti Kumari and Durgawati Kumari — all from Silli — are in the girls’ team.
B.S. Rao and D. Saiswari have been named mentors while Sisir Mahto and Anjela Singh are managers.