33rd Junior National Archery Championship
Yamuna Sports Complex, New Delhi, December 26-31, 2010
Junior Archers provide hope for the future
Monday, 27th December, 2010; Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, President of Archery Association of India expressed his deep pleasure over the encouraging participation of more than 275 participants including about 225 boys and girls Junior Archers, Coaches, Managers, Technical Officials from 22 different States and Boards/Organization in the 33rd Junior National Archery Championship being held at Yamuna Sports Complex, Surajmal Vihar, Delhi by Delhi Archery Association headed by Shri Virendra Sachdeva as President and Shri J.P. Jain as General Secretary
Smt.Shiela Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi. Govt.of Delhi has declared the Junior National Championship Open. Prof.Malhotra mentioned that Govt. of Delhi have always been a source of encouragement in conducting all National and State level Championships in Delhi. Prof.Malhotra and Shri Virendra Sachdeva thanked Smt.Shiela Dikshit who came and gave blessings and good wishes to the archers and encourage organizers.
Smt.Shiela Dikshit declared that the infrastructure and facilities at Archery Stadium, Yamuna Sports Complex will be utilized for the game of Archery only for which it was originally built for the larger interest of the game so that the production of world class archers could be continued for future. She further announced a grant of Rs.10 lakh to Delhi Archery Association.
Prof.Malhotra said that Commonwealth Games’ Individual and Team Gold Medalist and Asian Games sensational Ace Archers – Deepika Kumari, Ritul Chatterjee and Ch.Jignas, Commonwealth Silver Medalist in Compound Category will be the part of the Junior National Championship. Upcoming rising International stars – Atanu Das, Seema Verma, Belmai Hansda, Jayalakshmi Harikonda, Abhyudaya Srinet, Arjun Rao, Sudhakar Paswan will also be the part of the event. The initial selection of archers for the forthcoming Youth Archery Championship to be held at Legnica, Poland in 22nd to 28th August, 2011 will be made from the performance of arches in the championship.
He appreciated and praised the good work done by Office Bearers of Delhi Archery Association and Volunteers in organizing and managing the Junior National. The contribution made by Shri Mahender Jain, Shri Jitender Singh Santy, Shri Ravi Prakash Sharma, Shri K.L.Bhatia, Shri Dinesh Kapoor has been given especial mention.
While extending his gratefulness to Delhi Development Authority for allotting the Archery Stadium, Yamuna Sports Complex for the Junior Nationals (where archery competition during Commonwealth Games was conducted recently), he applauded the commendable involvement of Sahitya Kala Parishad, CRPF Police Band, Vivekanand Public School in making this Championship a resounding success.
He also thanked, Delhi Government, DDA, Ministry of Sports, Fitness World, Anjara, TATA Sons Ltd. and NDPL for their sponsorship and support for the conduct of the National Championship.
Shri Tajender Khanna, Hon'ble Lt.Governor, Delhi gave away prizes to the Medals winners in the concluding day of the 33rd Junior National Archery Championship, ie. 30th December, 2010 at 12.30 p.m at Yamuna Sports Complex, Delhi. Prof.Vijay Kumar Malhotra, President, AAI, Shri Naseeb Singh, MLA. Shri Virender Sachdeva, President, Delhi Archery Association were also there to encourage participating teams.
Hon'ble Lt.Governor and Chairman, DDA assured that Delhi Development Authority will leave no stone unturned not only to provide good hospitality to the participants in Delhi but also extend their fullest cooperation and support in developing and uplifting the game of Archery in Delhi in future also. He further said that DDA will make provision for nice hostel facilities in their premises falls under their jurisdiction so that participating teams could be accommodated there comfortably.
International archers dominated the 1st day of the Junior National when true to their form Ch. Jignas, Ritul Chatterjee, Jayalaxmi Sarikonda, Deepika Kumari won the medals at the 90 and 70 Meters Compound & Recurve Boys and Girls. Jignas of SSCB and Helen Munda of SPSB put up a world class scores of 335 and 317 pts.