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Ex-Tata archers in India squad

Six former cadets of Tata Archery Academy have made it to the eight-member Indian recurve archery squad (men and women) for the World Cup (stage four) and the 17th Asian Games.

While the World Cup is scheduled in Wroclaw (Poland) from August 5 to 10, Incheon (South Korea) will host the Asiad from September 15 to October 4.

The national team was announced after a recent two-phase selection trials at Hyderabad.

The team comprises of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee, Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi, V. Pranitha, Tarundeep Rai and Laishram Bombayla Devi. Except the last two names, all others have honed their skills at the premier academy that has been churning out top archers.

While Jayanta and Deepika are employed in Tata Steel, Rahul and Laxmirani work with the railways. Atanu, who left the academy before the completion of his four-year tenure last year, is with Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Pranitha is a mentor at the Sports Authority of India unit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The six performed well during the stiff competition at Hyderabad. I am happy that they have made it to the national outfit, said Tata cradle mentor Dharmendra Tiwary.

The selection success in the recurve division notwithstanding, none from Jharkhand has found slot in the eight-member compound team. The Tata archery cradle imparts training only on recurve division.