Women’s recurve archery team reaches Paris, eyes set for Olympics

New Delhi: A three-member Indian women’s recurve archery team, including Olympian Deepika Kumari, arrived in Paris on Monday to participate in the World Olympic Qualification tournament, starting June 17.

“Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakta and Komalika Bari are working hard. We are hopeful that they will do well in the last Olympic qualification tournament in Paris to secure the team quota place,” Archery Association of India (AAI) general secretary Pramod Chandurkar told IANS.

Deepika had qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in November 2019 in an individual event, but the Indian team was the target. In Paris, the top three teams will be allotted quota places for the Olympics.

According to Chandurkar, the Indian archers will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine in Paris and get used to the main event.

“We had discussed the issue of training during quarantine with World Archery. We are hopeful that the world governing body and the local organizing committee will find a solution,” said an AAI official.

Chandurkar said compound archery teams will leave for Paris this week.

“Since the World Cup stage 111 starts on June 21 in Paris, the compound archers will leave this week. They will also have to go through a 10-day quarantine period before the start of the World Cup,” said Chandurkar.

The men’s recurve team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 2019 Olympic qualification period.

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