Rio beckons! Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi, Laxmirani Majhi in Indian archery team for Olympics

New Delhi: A three-member Indian women's archery team comprising Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi was on Monday named for the Rio Olympics after a series of selection trials in the last three months.

The women's trio will compete in the individual events as well as team event at the Rio Games in August.

India's women archers earned three individual berths and a team quota by virtue of the team's performance at the World Championships in Copenhagen last year.

File photo of Deepika Kumari. Getty Images

File photo of Deepika Kumari. Getty Images

After rigorous six stages of selection trials and training over three-and-a-half months starting in January in Jamshedpur, then at Delhi and finally in Bengaluru, the Archery Association of India selected the three-member women's team for the Rio Olympic Games," the Archery Association of India said in a release.

AAI also announced a three-member men's team consisting Jayanta Talukdar, Atanu Das, Mangal Singh Champia for the third stage World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, next month in order to have a shot at Olympic berths.

India has earned one individual spot for the Olympics in men's archery during the World Championships last year.

If the men's team qualifies at Antalya, it will also secure two more individual berths for the Olympics, in addition to the one spot already secured.

In the event the men's team does not qualify in Antalya, AAI will conduct a selection trial to pick one archer from among the three to compete in the men's individual event at the Rio Olympics.

The AAI said that during the three-and-a-half month period of selection trials and training, the top six men and women archers participated in  in Antalya, Turkey and also had match practice with several other archers from European nations.

The top four men and women archers then participated in the 1st Stage World Cup at Shanghai, China.


Updated Date: May 17, 2016 10:46 AM

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