Shillong, Feb. 9: India is confident of bagging a medal in the archery team event in the summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro this year. “Our chances are very high,” chief coach Dharmendra Tiwary told The Telegraph today at the archery venue here for the 12th South Asian Games.
The team comprises six players, three men and women. Only five or six countries are strong in the women’s archery category. The Indiawomen’s team has already qualified for Rio Olympics and 12 of them have been shortlisted in the first trial.
“We have a pool of talented archers from the Northeast, like Manash Jyoti Changmai (Assam), Laishram Bombayla Devi (Manipur), Tarundeep Rai (Sikkim), Chekrovolu Swuro (Nagaland) and others,” he said.
The Indian coach also felt if an institute/academy is set up in the region, it would further improve the standard of archery.