Kolkata: Indian archer Mangal Singh Champia
is down but not out.
The only archer to have represented India at the Beijing
Olympics in the men's section, Champia narrowly missed the cut
for the three-member team at the Commonwealth Games to be held
in the capital from October 3-14.
Having lost out in the trials by just two points,
Champia's dream to represent the country at the CWG was
shattered but as a saving grace he figured in the Asian Games
team that has four members.
Talking to reporters, the Jharkhand archer, who ranked second
in the Beijing Olympics qualifying round, said he was very
disappointed but it's not the end of the world for him.
With World Cup Stage IV (beginning in Shanghai on August
31) and Asian Games in Guangzhou (November) coming up, he
feels he has a lot of events up in his sleeve.
"Obviously, it was really a big shock to not see your
name in the Indian team for CWG despite being a regular for
last three years," Champia lamented.
"This is a part and parcel of every sport person's life.
And in a precision sport like archery, the margin of error is
very less as what happened with me. I hope this will motivate
me to work harder and come back stronger," Champia said before
leaving for Shanghai.
Champia's loss was Tarundeep Rai's gain as the Services
archer recovered from a shoulder injury to make a grand
comeback this year.
Rai along with Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul Banerjee will
spearhead India's challenge in the men's recurve section at
"Yes, there's a lot of emotions involved and your fellow
players miss you when you are not part of the team. But the
fact is I missed out because of my performance and I have to
come back," said the 2009 Arjuna awardee.
The 27-year-old Railways archer said recently he had
changed his bow that could have been one of the reasons for
"It takes sometime to acclimatise to a new equipment that
I had changed recently. As for performance, I am not way down.
Few points mattered," he said.
First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 16:03