Commonwealth Video games gold medallist and former World No.1 Deepika Kumari feels Indian girls archers face a frightening process of securing the complete quota for subsequent yr’s Olympics owing to the cancellation of deliberate tournaments in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indians have only one match left to qualify for Tokyo Video games and two spots to earn.
Speaking on Indian paddler Mudit Dani’s on-line chat present ‘In The Sportlight’, Deepika mentioned that the nation’s feminine archers had labored onerous and had been assured of securing the quota forward of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We had been utterly blanked as qualifiers had been in a month’s time when the lockdown occurred, our observe was going very well however then immediately we had no concept what to do,” she mentioned.
“Proper now, we solely have one quota spot within the girls’s class and just one qualifier is left to safe the 2 different quota locations. Usually we at all times safe a full quota by this era, however it’s totally different this time round,” the two-time world champion added.
After failing to safe the crew quota on the World Championships in June final yr, the Indian girls’s archery crew can have their final shot to safe the complete Olympics quota in Paris, as a separate match is deliberate forward of the World Cup in June subsequent yr.
Deepika, who’s at the moment the nation’s solely lady archer to have secured a spot on the Tokyo Video games after profitable gold on the Asian Continental Qualification Event in Bangkok final yr, additionally recalled that regardless of being a two-time Olympian, she has by no means been a part of an Olympics opening ceremony.
“In archery our rating begins on the identical day because the opening ceremony. So we really feel unhappy that I’ve by no means been to any opening ceremony and have solely watched it on TV,” she mentioned.
Deepika, who picked up the bow and arrow for the primary time in 2007, has seen her household undergo many monetary struggles and challenges in life.
The 26-year-old Ranchi lady, who’s at the moment ranked ninth on the earth, is a part of the nationwide camp which is coaching on the ASI in Pune.