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39 join archery camp

A total of 39 budding archers (19 boys and 20 girls) have been shortlisted for a 12-day camp for induction into Tata Archery Academy. While 18 participants for the camp, which started on Tuesday, hail from Jharkhand, the remaining are from Bengal, Manipur, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Of the 39 budding archers, 24 top performers (12 boys and as many girls) will be inducted into the Tata cradle in phases.

“The shortlisted aspirants are talented and some of them can be groomed into good archers. We’ll watch their performance at the camp before recommending them for induction,” said coach Dharmender Tiwary.

He added that among the 39 young talents are three boys and seven girls from Tata Steel Rural Development Society. “Forty archers from the outfit were attending a camp during the selection trials. We cherrypicked 10 of them for the camp,” the mentor said.

Tiwary further said that start inducting archers from September. “The budding archers will be inducted as and when there is a vacancy in the academy. We’ll induct some in September, while others would be kept on waiting list,” Tiwary informed.

Refusing to reveal names of those who have made it to the camp, renowned coach Purnima Mahto said archers with traditional bow and arrows will be shooting at a distance of 20m, while those with sophisticated recurve gear will aim for the bullseye from 30m away.

The 39 shortlisted candidates were chosen from over 90 budding archers, who took part in the selection trials for Tata Archery Academy. During the four-day trials, which concluded on Tuesday, coaches observed shooting, stance, weight and height of the aspirants.