City-based Dharmendra Tiwary will be among the mentors accompanying India’s recurve archery squad for the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon (Korea) from September 19 to October 4.
The highly experienced coach of the Tata Archery Academy (TAA), who is instrumental in developing the shooting skills of Deepika Kumari and Jayanta Talukdar, is among the three coaches who would be flying to Korea with the 16-member (men and women) recurve and compound squads.
The other two recurve coaches are Lim Chae Wong and Ravi Shankar from the Pune-based Army Sports Institute. The former, a Korean coach who has worked with the Tata cradle cadets, is with the national archery outfit for quite some time now.
Tiwary (40) said he was happy about being given a huge responsibility for an important fixture. “I’ll try my best and use all my experience to guide the recurve archers. In fact, I have worked with most of the recurve men and women archers who are in the Games squad,” he told The Telegraph over phone from New Delhi.
Besides Deepika and Talukdar, Atanu Das, Rahul Banerjee, V. Pranitha and Laxmirani Majhi have trained under Tiwary during their stints at the Tata cradle.
Tiwary is presently busy with the Incehon-bound Indian outfit’s preparatory camp which is underway at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
According to him, Deepika stands a good chance of claiming a medal at the Asiad.
“I have changed her shooting technique. Unlike in recent times, Deepika’s draw is much straighter now. Earlier, she was shooting while breaking the draw…. Moreover, she is also shooting with her old bow. We have a strong side with experienced archers who are expected to perform to satisfaction,” he added.
Tiwary said the Indian recurve and compound squads will leave for Incheon on August 28. They will train there to get acclimatised to the local conditions.
“I will be back in Jamshedpur after the conclusion of the Asian Games,” Tiwary signed off.