Picturesque range inspires archers

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Guwahati, Feb 12 (UNI) Over 250 archers from 22 states are vying for 10 Gold medals in Chatra Singh Teron Archery Range and Pavillion which has been termed technically sound and most beautiful in the country by Indian Archery Federation.

The archery competition is being held in total ten events. There are four Gold medals on the offer in the Indian round for both men and women in individual and team categories. Similarly four yellow medals up for grabs in FITA Round for both men and women in individual and team categories. There are two Gold medals in Compound Round (Individual) for men and women.

''All the top bracket archers of the country including current national champions Dola Banerjee (Jharkhand) and Lenin (Andhra Pradesh), reigning junior national champion Rahul Banerjee (Jharkhand), and immensely promising Reena Kumari (Jharkhad), are participating in the National Games here," Federation's technical delegate Rathin Dutta.

Both Dola and Lenin are looking forward to maintain their dominance in Fita and Compound event respectively while likes of Rahul and Reena are on the prowl to showcase their prowess.

Among the 250 odd participants, 32 players are from the top eight teams of the country that were pre-selected to participate in the National Games in the National Championship held in Vijaywada two week back.

''Asomese-born Jayanta Talukdar who has curved a niche for himself through his consistent outstanding performance, is being missed as he couldn't participate in the National Games for a technical reason,'' Mr Dutta said.

The archers and officials from outside have been fascinated by the picturesque location of the archery range at the foot a hill.

''It must be the most beautiful archery range in the country. We are happy with the infrastructure too,'' said a cross section of participants.


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