Selection trials for Olympic archery qualifiers in March

The final selection trials to decide the Indian team for the upcoming archery World Cups will be held March 5-9. The Olympic qualifiers are in Paris in June.

By Naveen Peter ·

The final selection trials to decide the Indian teams for the upcoming archery World Cups and the Olympic qualifying event will be held March 5-9 at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune. 

The Archery Association of India (AAI) has already shortlisted eight men and eight women archers -- currently at the national camp at ASI -- in the recurve category. The final team will be selected from these archers.

The recurve men’s team include Olympians Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Tarundeep Rai apart from Pravin Jadhav, Kapil, B Dhiraj, Yashdeep Bhoge and Sukhmani Babrekaer.

The women’s team, meanwhile, comprises former world No. 1 Deepika Kumari, three-time Olympian L Bombayla Devi, Ankita Bhakat, Komalika Bari, Madhu Vedwan, Sangeeta, Ridhi, Baria and Tisha Sancheti.

The archery season gets underway with the first World Cup in Guatemala from April 19-25 with the second in Shanghai from May 17-23.

The third archery World Cup and the final Olympic qualifying event will be held in Paris from June 18-27. So far, India have managed to bag the team quota among men and the individual quota in the women’s section. 

The Paris qualifiers will be the final opportunity for the likes of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and others to ensure India fields the maximum number of archers for the Tokyo Olympics.

The AAI has also narrowed down to 24 archers in compound archery for the upcoming World Cups. The final team for these international events is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.