Deepika Kumari is not sure whether she will be part of the one-month national camp that will commence at the Yamuna Sports Complex, New Delhi from January 15.
Kumari believes she needs to work on a couple of areas ahead of the first National Ranking Tournament to be held in Capital from 12-15 February. The event will serve as the selection trials for the 1st Asian GP tournament, Bangkok and the World Cup Stage 1 in Shanghai.
“Most probably I will be in Jamshedpur as I need to get stronger. I will be spending some time in the Tata Academy gym there. I have already told the federation to let me return to Jamshedpur,” Deepika told The Indian Express after winning the Final National Ranking Tournament for the year 2013 on Sunday at the Yamuna Sports Complex.
The tournament coincided with the 40 year anniversary celebrations of the founding of Archery Association of India (AAI).
“I need to work to become mentally tougher too. Unlike previously where I used to be unaffected by my performance in a tournament, now I am getting conscious about winning and losing. This is not good. I genuinely think that I can improve my scores if I can get stronger mentally. It will work hard on that because we have a few important tournaments this year,” she added.
Earlier, Deepika dispatched L Bombayla Devi 7-1 in the women’s recurve final. But she did had a wobble against veteran Dola Banerjee in the semi-finals as she let slip a 4-0 lead and was on the verge of losing before making it 5-5. She won the tie-shoot by scoring a perfect ten as compared to an eight from Dola. The bronze was won by Lakshmi Rani Majhi who saw off Banerjee 6-4. In the men’s recurve section, 21-year-old Atanu Das got the better of Jayanta Talukdar 7-1 to win the top spot. Bronze was won by Mangal Singh Champia who outgunned Tarundeep Rai.
In the compound section, Rajat Chauhan beat C Srither 148-140 in the finals, while Abhishek Verma finished third on the podium after defeating Kh Ratan Singh 148-140. In the women’s section, V Jyothi Surekha trumped P Lily Chanu 143-141. The third place was decided on tie-shot won by Trisha Deb.