Indian Archers fine tuning skills to tackle 'bad weather' in Beijing

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New Delhi, Jul 31 (UNI) With just a week to go for the Beijing Olympics 2008, Indian archers are sharpening their skills leaving no stones unturned to tackle ''all kinds of weather conditions'' to bring home a medal.

The Archery Association of India (AAI) is offering the Beijing-bound archers trainings to perform in all kinds of weather conditions, which has earlier proved fatal for them, due to turbulent weather conditions, in the Athens Olympics.

Quartet archers Mangal Singh Champia, Dola Banerjee, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Vardhineni Pranitha are sharpening their skills under the watchful eyes of Korean coach Lee Wang Woo for seven hours each a day at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Centre at Salt Lake in Kolkata.

Bragged as the "medal hopes" for India, the archery contingent led by Athens-returned Dola knows that the onus is on them and the AAI is going to leave any gap in their preparations.

AAI general secretary Paresh Nath Mukherjee said they were going to give a tough competition and win medals in Beijing and not just to participate. ''The only thing we need now, is a little bit of luck to convert our performance into medals... We have a fair medal chance, and the women's team event seems easier,'' he said.

We selected Kolkata as the practice venue because the weather here is perfect. With the city having witnessed a good monsoon, the archers were exposed to all kinds of weather- no wind, medium wind and heavy wind conditions, he added.


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