Commonwealth Games gold medalist and former world No.1 Deepika Kumari feels that Indian women archers have to do the daunting task of securing full quota for next year’s Olympics due to the cancellation of the planned tournament in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Indians have just one tournament left to qualify for the Tokyo Games and two spots to earn.
Deepika, while speaking on Indian paddler Mudit Dani’s online chat show ‘The Sportlight’, said that the country’s female archers had worked hard and were confident of achieving the quota before the Kovid-19 lockdown.
“We were completely empty because the qualifiers were in a month’s time when the lockdown took place, our practice was going really well but then suddenly we had no idea what to do,” she said.
“Right now, we have only one quota place in the women’s category and only one qualifier left to secure two other quota places. Normally we always secure a full quota for this period, but it is different this time, ”said the two-time world champion.
After failing to secure the team quota at the World Championships in June last year, the Indian women’s archery team gave their final shot to secure the full Olympic quota in Paris, as plans for a separate tournament ahead of the World Cup in June next year is. .
Deepika, who is currently the only female archer in the country who secured a place in the Tokyo Games after winning gold at the Asian Continental Qualification Tournament in Bangkok last year, also recalled that despite being a two-time Olympian, she never The opening ceremony of the Olympics has also not been a part.
“Our ranking in archery begins on the same day the opening ceremony takes place. So we feel sad that I have never been to any opening ceremony and have only seen it on TV, ”she said. Deepika, who first raised a bow and arrow in 2007, has seen her family go through many financial struggles and challenges in life. The 26-year-old Ranchi woman, currently ranked ninth in the world, is part of a national camp undergoing training at ASI in Pune.
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