Indian women recurve archery team reaches Paris, eyes spot on Tokyo Olympics

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A three-member recurve women’s archery team including the likes of Olympian Deepika Kumari reached Paris on Monday to compete in the World Olympic qualification tournament which will commence on June 17th, 2021.

Deepika Kumari

“Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari have been training hard. We hope they perform well in the last Olympic qualification tournament in Paris to win a team quota place,” Pramod Chandurkar, secretary general of the Archery Association of India (AAI), told IANS.

However Deepika had already qualified for the singles event in November 2019, and in the upcoming tournament in Paris, all the players who will finish at top 3 will secure a quota place for the Olympics.

As per the latest development, Indian players will have to undergo a mandatory 10 day quarantine period before taking part in the main event.

“We had discussed the issue of training during quarantine with World Archery. We hope the world governing body and the local organizing committee will find a solution,” added the AAI official.

According to Chandurkar who is serving as the secretary-general of the Archery Association of India said that the compound archery teams would leave for Paris this week.

“Since the World Cup Stage 111 will start from June 21 in Paris, the compound archers will leave this week. They will also have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period before the start of the World Cup,” added Chandurkar.

The men’s recurve team has already qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021.