Apathy costs archer Vrushali a place in Indian team

Updated: Aug 30, 2010, 17:19 PM IST

Amravati: Indian women archer Vrushali Gorle has alleged apathy on part of the state Archery Association after her repeated requests for providing her with a new bow fell on deaf ears, leading to her poor performance in the selection trials held for the Commonwealth Games.

Vrushali was among the 16 probables from 14 states and one of the two archers from Maharashtra picked up for the selection trials in the Compound round category. The trials were organised at Sports Authority of India`s (SAI) Eastern Centre at Kolkata recently.

The archer claims that she had made up to the last six players and was just a point behind the first three players after the completion of second trials.

But unfortunately, her bow broke down a day before the third trials. Left without any alternative, she asked for a bow from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWGOC) and also coaches and managers who had assured players of instruments before the trials began.

"When I was in need of help, I begged before the Secretary of Maharashtra Archery Association but he turned a deaf ear to my request for a new bow. That coupled with the apathy of the state government and Commonwealth Games Organising Committee shattered my dream of representing India at New Delhi Games," said a disappointed Gorle on her arrival at the Badnera Railway station here yesterday.

"My mother has now asked me to quit the game as my parents cannot afford the expenditure to ensure my continuation in this sport," she said with her eyes welled up.

It was indeed painful for an archer who had come so close to glory to think of quitting on a day when the country was celebrating Sports Day.