Indian archers confident of winning at Asaid

New Delhi: The slew of felicitation programmes have left them with little time to prepare but Indian Archers are confident of replicating their Commonwealth Games performance at the upcoming Asian Games.

"Preparations for the Asian Games have been hampered due to the felicitation ceremonies, besides we got little time in between the CWG and the Asian Games. But the Commonwealth Games have given us a lot of confidence and we would look to do well in China," said Indian ace archer Dola Banerjee.

Dola said the team has been preparing for the event since the last one and a half years and they are shaping up well before the Games.

Dola, who was talking to the reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation function organised by Ministry of Petroleum, said they would look to better their previous performance at the Games.

Indian eves could not finish on podium in any of the disciplines during the last Asian Games held at Doha, Qatar.

Dola, however, said that China and Korea will be a potent threat to Indian medal expectations.

Rahul Banerjee, who was also present at the occasion, said that Asian Games are entirely different from the CWG in terms of competition.

"Asian Games are much more tough, you are up against the best in the world and besides you need to shot four distances to qualify in comparison to two in the CWG," said Rahul, who won a gold in individual men recurve at the Commonwealth Games last month.

Rahul, however emphasized that "performance counts" and said they need to put up a good show at the Games. He also mentioned that their real practice will begin once they land at the venue.

"We have got five days before we start our campaign and that will be the real time to gear up," Rahul said.

Tarundeep Rai, an important component of the Indian archery team, said that the team was not getting enough time to practice and emphasised on the need to practice hard ahead of the tough competition in China.

"We are practicing for six hours a day which is not sufficient," he said.

Another archer from the Indian contingent, Jayant Talukdar said that though he won`t like to comment on India`s medal prospects at the Games but expressed confidence to put a decent show at the Games.

Asian Games are scheduled to take place from November 12 at Guangzhou, China.


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