Deepika, 4 others for World Cup

Five archers from Jharkhand will aim for the bullseye at various editions of the World Cup beginning next month.

By Our correspondent
  • Published 19.04.17
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N Lavanya (from left), Deepika Kumari, Purnima Mahto, Rajender Guinya, Ankita Bhakat and Indrachand Swami at Yamuna Sports Complex in Delhi on Monday. Telegraph picture

Five archers from Jharkhand will aim for the bullseye at various editions of the World Cup beginning next month.

Selected after trials conducted at Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi between April 15 and 18, Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Laxmirani Majhi, Indrachand Swami and N. Lavanya have found slots in the 16-member (men and women) national recurve outfit.

While the highly experienced Olympian Deepika and Ankita are from Jamshedpur, Indrachand and Lavanya are cadets of SAIL's Eklavya Archery Academy at Kiriburu in West Singhbhum. Laxmirani, on the other hand, is from Bagula village in Ghatshila and works for the Indian Railway in Bilaspur.

World Cup (stage 1) is scheduled at Shanghai from May 14-22 while the next edition will take place at Antalya in Turkey between June 4 and 12. Salt Lake City in the US will host stage 3 from June 18 to 26.

Deepika a Padmashri recipient and Tata Steel sports wing officer, Tata cradle cadet Ankita and Indrachand will represent India-A team, while Lavanya and Laxmirani will be donning India-B jerseys.

India-A will compete in the first two editions of the World Cup whereas India-B will head to the US for the third stage of the mega competition.

Eklavya cradle's mentor Rajender Guiyan said all Jharkhand archers performed well during the trials. "All five archers from Jharkhand shot well. Deepika and Laxmirani used their experience to good effect. I am sure our archers will perform well at the World Cup," he told The Telegraph from New Delhi.

Guiyan and Dronacharya awardee Purnima Mahto's presence at the New Delhi trials helped the archers pull off a solid show.

According to Guinya, Deepika, Ankita, Indrachand and Lavanya would be back in Jharkhand before leaving for a national camp, the schedule of which was yet to be announced by Archery Association of India (AAI).

The highly-experienced coach said he was glad that his wards Indrachand and Lavanya were able to prove their mettle at the trials. "I will work with them to iron out some flaws in their shooting. The flaw is minor. A slight change in posture is needed. Otherwise, they are top-class archers who have the potential to perform well at international competitions," Guiyan said.