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Archery trials for national meet

Over 200 budding archers from Jharkhand will have to prove their mettle when they reach the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Friday for selection trials of the 6th Mini National Archery Championship, to be held at Vijayawada from April 9 to 13.

Organised by state archery outfit, the trials will be conducted in Indian, recurve and compound divisions. The trials will begin at 8am.

Jharkhand Archery Association working president L. Murty said that from each district registered with the state body, four boys and as many girls can appear for the trials in each of the three divisions.

“Participants will need to show original birth certificates issued by civic bodies. Those who do not go to school or possess birth certificates can come with age documents issued by panchayats. This apart, participating archers will also need to show a photocopy of ID card issued by Archery Association of India and three passport size colour photographs,” informed the working secretary.

Top four archers (boys and girls) will be selected in each division for the national meet. The state outfit will depart for the venue on April 8 by Tata Alleppy Express.

“We will try to form a strong contingent capable of coming up with good results at the national meet. There is not dearth of talent in Jharkhand and we hope to find some good archers for the competition,” Murty added.

Jharkhand boasts promising talents in the field of archery who have in them the potential to perform on national stage.

Although most of district units of Jharkhand Archery Association lack adequate training facilities, budding archers have consistently overcome infrastructure hurdles to bring glory to the state.