In a first, the historic Mughal period monument Red Fort will host the finals of Tata National Ranking Archery Tournament on Sunday, a competition which is being seen as a preparatory event for next year's Asia Cup to be held in the Capital from January 10-17.
In what turned out to be a fruitful day for the Indian archers in the 17th Asian Games, Abhishek Verma settled for a silver after going down to Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran in the compound men's individual gold medal match here on Saturday.
India's women recurve team kept itself in medal contention by moving to the semifinals of the Asian Games even as the men's recurve team suffered a close 3-5 defeat against Hong Kong to crash out in the elimination round of the archery competition, here on Friday.
For ace archer Dipika Kumari "old is always gold", as the 20-year-old Ranchi girl came out with flying colours in the just-concluded World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland after a stretch of poor form forced her to change her bow and re-unite with former coach.
Deepika Kumari was back in her elements as the former world No 1 archer topped the qualification round along with the men`s team in the recurve section of the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland on Wednesday.
Jayanta Talukdar and Bombayla Devi Laishram went down to their Chinese opponents and settled for a silver medal in the recurve mixed pair event of the Archery World Cup Stage III in Antalya, Turkey today.
Poor form of former World No.1 archer Deepika Kumari and "needless" selection changes have contributed to the dramatic drop in the performance of India`s famed women`s recurve team, which failed to qualify for the year`s opening World Cup months after winning the competition twice in a row.