Senior National Archery Championship to begin from December 23

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 21, 2013, 15:40 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Top archers of the country will be seen fighting it out for the top honours at the 34th Senior National Archery Championship starting from December 23 at JRD Tata Sports complex here.

Around 500 archers (men and women) from 26 states and 10 units will take part in the three-day meet, Sunil Bhaskaran, Deputy Vice-President (Corporate Services) Tata Steel said here today.

Addressing a press conference, Bhaskaran, flanked by Farzan Heerzee Chief Guest Relation and Sports and Chief (Sports) Tata Steel, said the championship in the recurve and compound categories will be played at Archery ground of the sports complex.
To be organized by Tata Steel and Steel Plant Sports Board (SPSB), he said Archery Association of India (AAI) has nominated H L Jindal as Competition Director and Virendra Sachdeva as an Observer for the championship. Besides, 12 technical officials nominated AAI will be assisted by six local officials to conduct the events.

Appreciating the good show of the archers particularly the cadets of Tata Archery Academy led by top ranked women archer Deepika Kumari at the international arena, Bhaskaran said Tata Steel was committed to provide best facilities for sports.

The private steel major?s stake in archery was high as it produced several international fame archers including Deepika Kumari and National coach Purnima Mahato, who had been recognised with Dronacharya award early this year, he said.

Besides the states, the 10 units Assam rifles, Services Sports Control Board, Ordinance Factory Sports Control Board, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Reserve Police Force, Indian Railways, Border Security Force, Sashstra Seema Bal, SPSB and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram will also participate in the meet.