Archery World Championships: No Atanu Das & Deepika Kumari, young recurve archers begin post Tokyo chapter –The Indian squad is set to take the centre stage at the World Archery Championships 2021, in Yankton, USA starting from September 19.
The week-long event, which starts on Tuesday, will see competitions in both compound and recurve categories across men, women, mixed and the team divisions, as per olympics.com Tokyo Olympians Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das did not make the team. The former Asian Games medallist Abhishek Verma and the bronze medallist from the last edition, Jyothi Vennam, are the experienced names among the compound archers. Youngsters Komalika Bari, Aditya Choudhary and Parth Salunkhe will lead India in the recurve.
The recurve trio heads into the World Championships on the back of a successful outing at the 2021 World Archery Youth Championships in Poland last month. India finished on top of the medals table at the Wroclaw meet with eight gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
Komalika Bari was the champion in the junior individual recurve event while Aditya Choudhary and Parth Salunkhe combined well with Dhiraj Bommadevara to hand India the title in the junior men’s team event.
India’s best outing at the biennial event came at the 2019 edition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, where they finished sixth in the overall standings with a silver and two bronze medals.
The Archery Association of India (AAI) has named a young team for the Yankton meet. At the national trials held on the heels of the Summer Games, seasoned archers — including those who took part in the Tokyo Olympics — failed to make the cut in the Indian team.
Compound men: Sangampreet Bisla, Abhishek Verma, Rishab Yadav
Compound women: Priya Gurjar, Muskan Kirar, Jyothi Vennam
Recurve men: Aditya Choudhary, Parth Salunkhe, Atul Verma
Recurve women: Ankita Bhakat, Komalika Bari, Ridhi Phor
Schedule: September 21 Qualification round – Compound and recurve
September 22 Team, mixed team eliminations – Compound and recurve
September 23 Team, mixed team eliminations – Compound and recurve
September 24 Individual and team finals – Compound and recurve
September 25 Compound medal matches – Mixed team, men and women
September 26 Recurve medal matches – Mixed team, men and women (ANI)