Argentina calling - FOUR STATE ARCHERS IN NATIONAL TEAM

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By Our Correspondent
  • Published 30.09.17
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(From left) Anuj Kumar Gupta, Shahenshah Biruily, coach Ramawdhesh, Madhumita Kumari and Ankita Bhakat in Sonipat on Thursday. Telegraph picture

Jamshedpur, Sept. 29: Four archers and a mentor from Jharkhand flew to Rosario in Argentina today as part of the team representing India at the World Archery Youth Championships to be held there from October 2 to 8.

The 24-member (boys and girls) Indian team left from New Delhi after the conclusion of the national camp at Sonipat in Haryana on Thursday.

Shahenshah Biruily (Seraikela-Kharsawan), Anuj Kumar Gupta (Ranchi), Ankita Bhakat (Jamshedpur), Madhumita Kumari (Ranchi) and Ramawdhesh, a coach at Tata Archery Academy, trained at Sonipat for over a fortnight before the world meet in Argentina. Anuj will be making his international debut.

Barring Ankita, a cadet of Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur who competes in the recurve format, others in the national squad are compound archers.

Shahenshah, an ex-cadet of government-run archery cradle at Dugni near Seraikela, and Ankita were also part of the World Archery Youth Championship held at Yankton in the US in 2015.

Anuj is an ex-cadet of SAI (Ranchi) and works at Army Sports Institute in Pune while Madhumita trains at Birsa Munda Archewry Academy an archery cradle in Silli.

Dugni cradle mentor B.S. Rao, who has trained Shahenshah during his formative years, said his ward was in excellent form and he was hopeful of a medal from him. "Shahensha was in Dugni recently. He has told me that he was feeling very positive about his performance," he recalled.