Former Indian archer manufacturing PPE gear for frontline workers

The secretary general of the Archery Association of India also spoke of his ambitions to create a strong grassroots base for archery in the country.

Former Indian archer Pramod Chandurkar and his staff at his manufacturing factory, Ruth India, have shifted their focus from manufacturing sportswear as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Pramod Chandurkar, who is also the current secretary general of the Archery Association of India (AAI), has halted the production of bows and arrows in his factory to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits for doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients.

His factory is based in Maharashtra’s Amravati district and has about 30 employees who have gone from manufacturing sportswear and archery gear to producing face masks, gloves and gowns for the frontline healthcare workers fighting the pandemic.

Workers manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits to help frontline healthcare workers fight the COVID-19 pandemic
Workers manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits to help frontline healthcare workers fight the COVID-19 pandemicWorkers manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits to help frontline healthcare workers fight the COVID-19 pandemic

“Everyone is doing their bit to serve the country when the lockdown started. I had a full-fledged stitching set-up so I thought why not use this infrastructure in making PPE gowns,” Pramod Chandurkar told the Press Trust of India.

“I got in touch with my friend (who is a medical kit supplier) and his company provided us the guidelines on how to make PPE gowns from plastic-laminated non-woven cloth.

“The raw materials are being supplied by him. We have been working non-stop since then. This is my way of serving the country in these trying times,” he added.

Pramod Chandurkar’s factory has been manufacturing about a thousand PPE gowns daily.

An archery participant in the 1976 National Games and the 1982 Asian Games, Pramod Chandurkar was also the coach of the Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1989 Asian Cup.

One eye on co-ordinating online classes for archers

Away from his time at the factory, he has been co-ordinating online classes for archers and coaches, which the AAI began on April 16.

“I’ve to ensure that the speakers are ready and send them the guidelines well in advance. I’ve to constantly monitor and ensure smooth conduct,” Pramod Chandurkar said.

While elaborating further on his current role with the AAI, the former Indian archer revealed how he wants to take the sport to the grassroots level and create a strong base.

“You are looked after well after you become a national archer. But what happens to the youngsters and spotting the talents? So, my objective is to prepare one trainer and coach for every village,” the 56-year-old said.

“Then only there will be a constant and healthy flow to the top. Archery will always remain my first passion,” he concluded.

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