New Delhi, June 19: Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju today felicitated the Indian archery contingent for their superlative performance at the World Archery Championships held in Netherlands last week. The Minister met the archers at the SAI headquarters in New Delhi today and congratulated the team for winning an Olympic quota for Tokyo 2020 and bagging three medals in the championship.
“Government is going to extend all assistance to these players and also to those who have performed well in other sports and have the potential to win an Olympic medal. India has traditionally been very strong in archery and if we can win an Olympic gold in the sport then we will be able to prove that,” said Kiren Rijiju.
India won one silver and two bronze medals at the event, making it the best ever medal haul in an Archery World Championship. India had won two silver medals in the same event in 2015, which is country’s second best performance at the Championship. The Indian men’s recurve team comprising Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav won a silver medal at the Championships. Besides extending all training support, Sports Authority of India is also making arrangements for a mental trainer for the team to help them improve their focus and skills, in preparation for the Olympics. The Indian women’s compound Team has had a stellar run since the beginning of 2018, when they won the silver medal at the Asian Games as well as the silver at the Berlin and Antalya world Cups.