Archery Director Sanjeeva Singh said the initiative to prepare youth for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games is the main reason for the unprecedented success of Indian archers at the Archery World Championships in Poland.
Indian shooters won 15 medals, including eight golds for the best result in the country. Sanjiva said full scientific and sporting support for the shooters is essential.
“They trained on heart rate monitors and practiced breathing techniques to shoot with more control. We focused on the finish,” said Sanjiva, winner of the Arjuna and Dronacharya Prizes from Poland.
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He said young shooters who shoot 60 to 70 percent of their skills will need to improve their skill level in the next three years.
“There has been an important change in the selection process that prioritizes shooters who do well in individual matches. Talented young shooters should have more options. We are sending some juniors to the next World Cup next month,” Sanjiva added.
Purnima Mahato, the senior shooter accompanying the coach, said the show was good.
“We have good shooters in the novice and apprentice zones. They shot with confidence and learned how to handle the pressure,” Purnima said.
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Komalika Pari, who won the world title for Cadet in 2019, this time won the junior singles world title, becoming the second Indian after Deepika Kumari to win the two golds.
Komalika, who won the junior mixed team title with Barth Salonki, looked to the bigger goals.
“I was well prepared mentally and technically. The international presence in management and scientific support during training made the difference,” Komalica said.
The youngster, who was among two gold medalists at this year’s World Cup, said defeat at the Olympics is painful.
“The pain is lingering, but I have to learn from my mistakes and get better,” Komalika added.
Salonki, who also contributed to the junior gold medal, was happy to be able to prove his worth.
“Preparation helped. “It’s good to win gold medals at this level,” said Salonki.
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