Indian women archers face daunting task to secure full quota at Olympics: Deepika Kumari – other sports
Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari feels Indian women archers face a daunting task of securing the full quota for subsequent 12 months’s Olympics owing to the cancellation of deliberate tournaments in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indians have only one match left to qualify for Tokyo Games and two spots to earn.
Talking on Indian paddler Mudit Dani’s on-line chat present ‘In The Sportlight’, Deepika stated that the nation’s feminine archers had labored exhausting and have been assured of securing the quota forward of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We were completely blanked as qualifiers were in a month’s time when the lockdown happened, our practice was going really well but then suddenly we had no idea what to do,” she stated.
“Right now, we only have one quota spot in the women’s category and only one qualifier is left to secure the two other quota places. Normally we always secure a full quota by this period, but it is different this time around,” the 2-time world champion added.
After failing to secure the staff quota at the World Championships in June final 12 months, the Indian women’s archery staff could have their final shot to secure the full Olympics quota in Paris, as a separate match is deliberate forward of the World Cup in June subsequent 12 months.
Deepika, who’s presently the nation’s solely girl archer to have secured a spot at the Tokyo Games after successful gold at the Asian Continental Qualification Tournament in Bangkok final 12 months, additionally recalled that regardless of being a two-time Olympian, she has by no means been a part of an Olympics opening ceremony.
“In archery our ranking begins on the same day as the opening ceremony. So we feel sad that I have never been to any opening ceremony and have only watched it on TV,” she stated.Deepika, who picked up the bow and arrow for the primary time in 2007, has seen her household undergo many monetary struggles and challenges in life.The 26-12 months-outdated Ranchi girl, who’s presently ranked ninth on the earth, is a part of the nationwide camp which is coaching at the ASI in Pune.