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Secretary post for archery mentor

Purnima Mahto

Purnima Mahto (38), a celebrated archer and revered mentor, now has a new role to play for promoting the game she dedicated her entire life to.

District archers and mentors unanimously nominated her for the position of the secretary of East Singhbhum District Archery Association (ESDAA) during a meeting in the first week of August.

Highly experienced Purnima, who mentors cadets at the Tata archery cradle, has been entrusted with the task to turn around the game and make the district a hub of archery. “I have been assigned a new job. I will try my best to promote archery in the district,” Purnima told The Telegraph.

Having trained the likes of Golden Girl Deepika Kumari and a host of other archers, Purnima is now keen to add sharpness and spark to the functioning of the district association.

“Archers need adequate exposure to improve their shooting skills. My priority will be to try and organise more competitions,” said the former archer who won six gold medals at the 1994 National Games.

Also, she is the fifth coach from Tata Steel stable to have bagged the coveted Dronacharya Award. Earlier, Illyas Babar, K.O. Bosen (both athletics), Pullela Gopichand (badminton) and Sanjeeva Singh (archery) had received the honour.