Archers want camp shifted after suicide trauma

Some of the women archers have requested the SAI to shift the venue of the national camp.

Written by Vinayak Padmadeo | New Delhi | Published: June 22, 2013 12:52:37 am

The dates of the national camp for the archers ahead of the World Cup Stage 3 to be held in Medellin,Columbia,from July 15-21 haven’t been decided as yet. Reason: Some of the women archers have requested the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to shift the venue of the national camp — Army Sports Institute,Pune — after their teammate,Pratima Boro,committed suicide in May. Boro was found hanging in her room within the premises of the Army Sports Institute on May 3.

A group of archers had met the SAI director general Jiji Thomson after Boro’s suicide to request the same. “What they told me was that they were troubled because of the suicide,” SAI,director general,Thomson told The Indian Express. “We have to take their request into consideration before deciding where the national camp will be held next,” he added.

Now SAI is looking for an alternate venue. Intially,after consulting the Archery Association of India,SAI had decided that the camp would continue in Pune,where national archers have been training.

“We could organise the camp in Delhi,but the problem is we don’t have catering facilities at any of the venues. I am talking to the IRCTC officials,and if they are ready to provide food,we may hold it here,” Thomson said.

The archers wanted the camp shifted out of Pune immediately,but as the World Cup in Shanghai in May was around the corner they had to continue training in Pune. “We have again put in a request for a change of venue. We are hoping that the camp is shifted out of Pune,” said an archer.

Rai,Buriuly lead

The qualification round of the third national ranking tournament finished on Day One at the Yamuna Sports Complex,with Tarundeep Rai and Rimil Buriuly lead the charts in the men’s and women’s recurve on Friday. Rai shot a total of 1341 points in the 144-arrow format across four distances of 90m,70m,50m,30m. Mangal Singh Champia is placed second with 1316,followed by Atanu Das (1316),Jayanta Talukdar (1315),Amardeep Kerketta (1313),Rahul Banerjee (1303),Kapil (1296) and Vishwas (1295).

In the women’s recurve,Buiruily pipped Deepika Kumari with a total of 1331 points. Deepika (1327) was followed by Dola Banerjee (1319),L Bombayla Devi (1313),Chekrovulo Swuro (1303),Seema (1278),Laxi Rani Majhi (1242) and Reena Kumari (1237).

In the men’s compound,Rajat Chauhan,who bagged a silver in mixed team event at the Turkey World Cup last week topped the rankings with 699 points,while Trisha Deb bagged the top billing in women’s compound with a total of 688 points.

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