Indian archers eyeing Olympic medals will have a feel of what's in store for them less than a year down the line when they compete among the best in the International Archery Challenge for Rio test event at the Sambodromo.
Indian archers had a mixed day in the individual recurve women's event with Laxmirani Majhi and Deepika Kumari advancing to the last 16 while Rimil Buriuly lost in her first round outing at the World Championships here on Wednesday.
Olympic Gold Quest, the not for profit organisation founded by sports legends Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone, announced today that it will be supporting recurve archers Laxmirani Majhi and Olympian Mangal Champia in the lead up to next year's Rio Olympics.
Six archers, all aged below 12, entered the Indian Book of Records and Asia Book of Records by pulling off spectacular performance at a mixed team event held at Cherukuri Volga Archery Academy here on Sunday.
Indian archers had their share of hits and misses but the sport made little headway on the whole as they continued their slump in recurve section in 2014, a trend that doesn't augur too well with the Rio Olympics less than two years to go.
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.
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.
Indian archers booked two berths for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games based on their tremendous performances in the qualification tournament in the ongoing Youth World Championship at Wuxi (China).
The shocked Arunachal Pradesh women archers, who were barred from boarding a flight to China, on Saturday lamented that political problems between the two countries have crushed their dreams of competing in the Youth World Championships.