New Delhi: Union Youth and Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur spoke with the winners of the Youth Archery World Championship at an event on Tuesday and congratulated them on having made the nation proud.
The Indian team recorded a total of 15 medals – 8 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze, during the archery competition in Wroclaw, Poland.
Thakur praised the diverse and existing talent pool the country has at the local level.
âInitiatives taken under the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to develop programs like the Khelo India to develop and nurture grassroots talent are yielding results in championships like this. It is heartbreaking to see so many of our young people across the country bringing laurels to all sports and in the future it gives us great hope. I congratulate all the young archers and wish them good luck in the competitions to come. As they transition to the senior team, they will receive all the support possible to compete at the high performance level, âsaid Thakur.
Gold medalists included the Cadet Women’s Compound Team, the Cadet Men’s Compound Team, the Men’s Junior Recurve Team, the Men’s Cadet Recurve Team, the the men’s cadet compound team, the cadet mixed recurve team, the junior mixed recurve team and Komolika Bari, who won gold in the junior recurve individual event.
Komolika, who won two gold medals, in the individual and mixed doubles events, also took home the coveted medal at the 2019 Cadet World Championships. Part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme base team, Komalika, also another product of TATA Academy, became the National Women’s Individual Recurve Champion at the 41st NTPC National Junior Archery Championship held in Dehradun in March 2021.
Her tremendous rise has been evident since the Khelo India Games, where she participated and stood on the podium at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019, 2020 as well as the University Games last year.
The silver medalists of the Polish competition, meanwhile, included Priya Gurjar, who won the cadet compound individual event and Sakshi Chaudhary in the junior compound individual event (men and women). The bronze medalists included Parneet Kaur in the Compound Cadet Women category, Rishabh Yadav in the Compound Junior Individual (Men and Women), Manjiri Manoj Seul and Bishal Changmai in the Recurve Cadets Individual (Men and Women) as well as Cadet. Classic Women’s Team.