National archery camp shifted to Aurangabad

Updated: Jul 02, 2013, 18:16 PM IST

Kolkata: Acceding to the demands from the archers, the Archery Association of India (AAI) on Tuesday decided to shift the national camp out from Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune to Sports Authority of India, Aurangabad for remainder of the season.

"The archers will now train in Aurangabad till the World Championships in October," said AAI assistant secretary Gunjan Abrol.

The camp has been shifted from ASI after women archers requested change in venue which was marred by suicide of archer Pratima Boro followed by an alleged sexual misconduct case in the facility.

A request to the SAI director general to shift the camp was made on grounds of no separate hostel for women archers.

"The ASI had excellent facilities but there was no other choice,” he said.

"Being a SAI campus, there would be hostels in Aurangabad and once the camp gathers pace, the archery infrastructure will develop," he added.

A total of 48 archers would take part in the camp.

The camp has officially started yesterday but the top archers would assemble in a few days.

The players will next take part in the World Cup Stage III to be held in Medellin, Columbia, from July 15-21.

The World Cup leg will conclude with the fourth stage in Wroclaw (Poland) which will be held from August 19-25.

The season will end with the World Championships, Antalya (September 29-October 6) and the Asian Championships, Taipei (October 29-November 2).