Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari feels Indian ladies archers face a frightening activity of securing the total 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 Games and two spots to earn.
Talking on Indian paddler Mudit Dani’s on-line chat reveal ‘In The Sportlight’, Deepika mentioned that the nation’s feminine archers had performed onerous and have been assured of securing the quota forward of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We were completely blanked as qualifiers were in a month’s time when the lockdown happened, our practice was going really well but then suddenly we had no idea what to do,” she mentioned.
“Right now, we only have one quota spot in the women’s category and only one qualifier is left to secure the two other quota places. Normally we always secure a full quota by this period, but it is different this time around,” the two-time world champion added.
After failing to safe the workforce quota on the World Championships in June last yr, the Indian ladies’s archery workforce could have their last shot to safe the total Olympics quota in Paris, as a separate match is deliberate forward of the World Cup in June subsequent yr.
Deepika, who’s presently the nation’s just lady archer to have secured a spot on the Tokyo Games after successful gold on the Asian Continental Qualification Tournament in Bangkok last 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 ranking begins on the same day as the opening ceremony. So we feel sad that I have never been to any opening ceremony and have only watched it on TV,” she mentioned.Deepika, who picked up the bow and arrow for the primary time in 2007, has seen her family undergo many monetary struggles and challenges in life.The 26-year-old Ranchi lady, who’s presently ranked ninth on the earth, is a part of the nationwide camp which is coaching on the ASI in Pune.