Top-notch archers from across the country will aim for the bullseye during the 34th Senior National (recurve and compound) Championship to be held at JRD Tata Sports Complex from December 23 to 25.
Among recurve marksmen and markswomen vying for top honours at the meet are Jharkhand’s golden girl Deepika Kumari, besides L. Bombayla Devi, Dola Banerjee, Rimil Buriuly, Chekrawolu Swuro, Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai, Mangal Singh Champia and Atanu Das. Compound archers participating in the tourney include Rajat Chouhan, Ch. Jignas, C. Sridhar, Jyoti Surekha, Gagandeep Kaur and Manjuda Soy.
The championship is being organised jointly by Steel Plant Sports Board and Tata Steel. Jharkhand Archery Association will handle the technical aspects of the meet.
“It is a prestigious event and we would like to conduct it in an efficient manner,” said Tata Steel sports department head Captain Amitabh.
Archery Association of India secretary general Anil Kamneni and competition director H.L. Jindal will attend the national tie.
Ace archer Deepika will be putting in her best effort at the meet. She is expected to receive stiff competition from Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buriuly, both from the Railways.
Jamshedpur girl Rimil said it was a pleasure to contest in her hometown. “Participating in Jamshedpur has always been a delightful experience. It is home after all,” she told The Telegraph.
Among men, recurve archers Jayanta (Jharkhand) and Rahul and Tarundeep (both Railways) are expected to perform well.
In the compound category, Rajat from Rajasthan is a good contender. Archery fans will also be looking out for Jignas of Services and Jyoti Surekha from Andhra Pradesh.
Working secretary of state archery outfit L. Murty said the tie would kick off with a ranking round in both recurve and compound divisions.
“During the round, men and women archers in recurve category will shoot from four distances. While men will do it from 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m, women will take aim from 70m, 60m, 50m and 30m. As for the compound division, each archer will have to strike twice from a distance of 50m. Each division will see 64 archers qualify to the knock-out round,” said Murty.
He added that elimination round in both divisions would be conducted on December 24. Team and mixed events have also been lined up for the championship.