India finished its compound event campaign with three Silver medals at the Archery World Championship in Yankton (USA) from 19th to 26th September, 2021. Ankita Bhakat has already reached Quarter-Final in Individual Recurve women category and will probably fight for the medal.
World No.13, Jyothi Surkha Vennam went down fighting against Sara Lopez of Colombia (144-146) in a thrilling final clash. She stunned Andea Becerra of Mexico in Semi-final (148-146) and registered a win over Croatia’s Amanda Mlinaric in quarter final scoring a perfect score 150 vs 144. Before her individual achievement, she had played a key role in bagging two silver medals in Compound Women Team event with Muskan Kiran & Priya Gurjar and Compound Mixed Team with Abhishek Verma.
Jyothi's individual victory marked India's second Silver Individual medal at the World Championship. Rajat Chauhan was the first who achieved this feat by winning individual Silver at the 2015-World Champion-Denmark. Jyothi had won an Individual and a Team Bronze medals at the 2019-World Championships-Netherland too. She has been a part of 6 out of the 7 medals the Compound Archers have won so far.
Indian Compound Women Trio- Jyothi Surekha, Muskar Kirar and Priya Gurjar lost to Colombian team by 224-229 in the gold medal match whereas Compound Mixed duo – Jyothi Surekha and Abhishek Verma failed to overcome the challenge of Colombian pair and ensured two Silver medals for the country. Thus, India's medal winning journey in the World Archery Championship which started in 2005 with Recurve Men Team’ Silver Medal is still continuing with 11 medals (9 Silver and 2 Bronze).
This year has been very spectacular and successful for Archery Association of India in terms of medals in which our Archers have won 7 Gold & 1 Bronze Medals in two World Cups (Guatemala & Paris), 3 Silver Medals in World Championship-Yankton and 8 Gold, 2 Silver & 5 Bronze Medals in recently concluded Youth World Archery Championship-Wroclaw so far. The Asian Championships are yet to be held in Dhaka in November, 2021 where Indian Archers are bound to dominate.
Shri Arjun Munda said the sponsorship extended by NTPC has given us the chance in many ways to realize our projects and dreams with more ease and less stress and to envision a positive future with great approach to upgrade the standard of Indian Archers to world level. The Archery Association of India has no words to say thank NTPC for the sponsorship. He also openly applauded the NCOE Centers and Khelo India projects run jointly by SAI & AAI which contributed significantly in nurturing the talents of Archers.
Praising the stupendous performance of Archers, Shri Arjun Munda, President of Archery Association of India congratulated to Team India and wished them all successes to the next big event – Asian Games.