The fancied Indian recurve archers on Friday cut a sorry figure in the individual events but the country is still in with a chance of bagging a bronze medal in the women's team category in the 17th Asian Games, here.
The Indian archery team ended their campaign in the World Championships empty-handed without any medal after the compound mixed team lost to United States in the bronze medal play-off at Belek, Turkey today.
They may be down with mild fever due to change in climate a week into their stay here, but that has failed to stop the Indian archers from visiting the Lord`s everyday to get acclimatised to the windy conditions ahead of the Olympics.
The mother of Commonwealth Games gold medal winning archer Deepika Kumari is very confident that her daughter would return home with a medal, of whatever hue, from the London Olympic Games commencing next week.
The hallowed Lord`s will host the archery competition during the Olympics and Indian ace Tarundeep Rai hopes the `Mecca of cricket` would bless the Indian archers as they eye their first medal at London Games
Deepika Kumari becoming World No 1 in Women`s Recurve Archery has raised expectations of her making it to the podium at the London Games and national coach Limba Ram on Sunday said the young archer has all the qualities to bag a medal at the mega-event.
Calling for financial assistance for the London Olympics-bound archers, Indian chief coach Limba Ram on Saturday said he was hopeful of winning at least two medals in the July 27-August 12 mega sporting event.
Eight years after he represented India at the Athens Olympics as a 20-year-old, Tarundeep Rai will compete once again in London this time with a renewed hope of earning India its first Games medal in archery.
Archers Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia today returned to the men`s recurve team at the expense of Tarundeep Rai and Atanu Das in the squad for the first Asian Grand Prix, to be held in Bangkok from February 14 to 20.