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Jharkhand archers Komalika and Ankita in India squad for World Meet

The tournament is scheduled to be held between September 19 to 26 in the United States

Jayesh Thaker Jamshedpur Published 17.08.21, 06:14 PM
(L-R) Archers Ankita and Komalika make it to the national squad

(L-R) Archers Ankita and Komalika make it to the national squad The Telegraph

Jharkhand archers Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat will be a part of the three-member India women's recurve squad for the Senior Archery World Championship to be held from September 19 to 26 at Yankton, South Dakota, USA.

The other member of the squad is Ridhi Phor from Haryana.


The in-form Komalika, who won the junior world title in the youth championship at Wroclaw in Poland on Sunday, is expected to perform as per potential. The 19-year-old, who is considered by Jharkhand archery coaches as the next Deepika Kumari in the making, is taking long strides in the game with some quality shooting.

The win has put the bespectacled Komalika at par with world number 1 and Jharkhand compatriot Deepika Kumari as the second recurve archer from India to hold the under-18 and under-21 world titles.

Komalika is a cadet of the elite Tata Archery Academy while Ankita (23) is employed (on contract) with Tata Steel in Jamshedpur.

The two archers, along with Deepika, claimed the team gold medal at the recently concluded World Cup Stage 3 in Paris. The Jharkhand trio also achieved a similar feat at the World Cup Stage 1 in Guatemala earlier this year.

Significantly, Indian archers, Deepika, her husband Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav, who returned empty handed from the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, are not in the national squad for the senior world meet in USA.

The four failed to finish in the top three during the selection trials held at Sonepat, Haryana earlier this month. Only the best three from each category (recurve and compound men and women) were chosen.

The Indian contingent, comprising six recurve and six compound archers, will compete in 10 events at the world championship.

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