Indian Archery continent created history and finished its journey with three medals including one Recurve Silver and two Compound Bronze Medals at World Championship-Den Bosch which is the best ever performance.
Indian Recurve Men Team (11th seeded) was in a great form and well-motivated throughout the event but unfortunately lost to 5th seeded Chinese Team by 6-2 and settled with a ‘Team Silver Medal’.
They edged out 22nd ranked Norway (5-1) easily in the first round and didn’t look back thereafter. In pre-quarter final match, they pipped Canada (6th seeded) by 5-3 and secured three full quota places for the 2020-Olympic Games-Tokyo. Team didn’t find any difficult to overcome the challenge of 3rd seeded Chinese Taipei Team in quarter final match in a one-sided match (6-0). Then they eliminated the 2nd top seeded - Netherlands Team in a neck to neck semi-final by 5-4 to clear their path towards Gold after a drought of long 14 years.
Archers thanked Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India for giving them opportunity to acclimatize to the changing weather conditions which helped us to showcase their best. They also praised that Archery Association of India always take such initiatives to send its teams in advance for Acclimatization Camp prior to any major international event like World Championship, Asian Games, Olympic Games.
Prior to this achievement, the best ever performance of Recurve Men Team was also Silver Medal in 2005-World Championship-Spain. Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar, Gautam Singh and Robin Hansda were the part of that team and Tarundeep is common member in both the events. Besides, Recurve Women Team had won two Silvers - one at 2015-World Championship-Denmark and other at 2011-World Championship-Italy. Compound Archers also contributed two Silvers - one individual Silver by Mr.Rajat Chouhan at 2015-World Championship-Denmark and other by Compound Women Team Silver at 2017-World Championship-Mexico.
Compound Women Team of V.Jyothi Surekha, Muskan Kiran and Raj Kaur performed remarkably well in the event and won ‘Bronze Medal’ whereas V.Jyothi Surekha won ‘Individual Bronze Medal’ defeating a tough contender of Turkey.
Shri Arjun Munda, new President of Archery Association of India said that “I am impressed with the splendid show of our Archers at World Championship and by virtue of their performance, they could achieve second position. I wish to assure all the archers, coaches, member State Associations and archery-lovers of the country that this bare-handed Arjun is standing behind them strongly to help and provide all necessary facilities and exposures for ensuring a medal in Olympics which is long pending dream of all countrymen.”
With a short interval of 11 days, Indian team will proceed to World Cup Stage-4 at Berlin from 1-7 July, 2019 and thereafter to Tokyo for Olympics Test Event from 11-17 July, 2019. Women team will get an opportunity in individual capacity at Asian Championship-Bangkok from 22-28 November, 2019 to qualify for Olympics whereas three (3) team quota places will be at stake in 2020-World Cup-Berlin. Top three team will go directly to the Olympics.
Team will be reaching Delhi on 18th June, 2019 at 3.30 PM.