Indian archers strong contenders in World Cup: Limba Ram
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Last Updated: Friday, August 28, 2009, 19:56
  
Kolkata: High on hope after their success in the four stages of World Cup, the 12-member archery contingent will fly to Ulsan (Korea) tomorrow to take part in the World Archery Championships to be held from September 1-9.

Indian chief coach and former Olympian Limba Ram, on the eve of their departure, told that the Indian men are strong contenders for winning the gold medal, provided they overcome the psychological barrier to beat the 'invincible' Koreans in their home turf at the Ulsan Munsu International Archery Field.

"We have had a very good preparation, not only on the skill front, we have also focussed on building the mental strength that will help them overcome the Korean archers," Limba told at the Sports Authority of India Eastern India campus where the archers underwent training.

The veteran of three Olympics, Limba Ram said India have a very good chance for the gold medal in the men's team event.

"Our men's recurve team has been scoring better than the World Record mark, shooting 233 consistently. If they even come close to that score, we can be the world champions.

"Jayanta (Talukdar) has had a very good run, winning three medals (two golds and one bronze) at World Cups. I am looking forward to him do well in the individual event as well," the 1991 Arjuna Awardee said.

"We have trained very hard, keeping in mind of the Korean condition. We have had various mental-building exercise to overcome the psychological fear against Koreans. I have told them not to fear and shoot without any mistake during a competition. Hope they come good."

"Even as the men's side has a bright prospects, I am looking forward to the trio of Dola Banerjee, Pratima Boro and Rimil Biruly to finish with a medal at least," Limba said.

Talukdar is the highest ranking, sixth, among Indians in the men's recurve section that has Korean I M Dong Hyun as the No. 1 rank.

Dola is also ranked sixth with Korean Yun Ok Hee getting the top-billing in women's recurve section.

India bagged one team gold in World Cup Stage I (Santo Domnigo); one individual gold (Talukdar) and one men's recurve team gold in Stage II (Porec); and one men's recurve team silver, individual bronze (Talukdar) and women's recurve bronze in Stage III (Antalya) and they did not get any medal at the recently-concluded Stage IV (Shanghai).

The Indian contingent will leave for Uslan via Tokyo tomorrow morning.

Bureau Report


First Published: Friday, August 28, 2009, 19:56


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