Commonwealth Video games gold medallist and former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari feels Indian ladies archers face a frightening process of securing the total quota for subsequent 12 months’s Olympics owing to the cancellation of deliberate tournaments in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indians have only one event 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 stated that the nation’s feminine archers had labored laborious and had been assured of securing the quota forward of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We had been fully blanked as qualifiers had been in a month’s time when the lockdown occurred, our apply was going very well however then all of a sudden we had no thought what to do,” she stated.
“Proper now, we solely have one quota spot within the ladies’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 completely different this time round,” the two-time world champion added.
After failing to safe the workforce quota on the World Championships in June final 12 months, the Indian ladies’s archery workforce could have their final shot to safe the total Olympics quota in Paris, as a separate event is deliberate forward of the World Cup in June subsequent 12 months.
Deepika, who’s at the moment the nation’s solely girl archer to have secured a spot on the Tokyo Video games after successful gold on the Asian Continental Qualification Event in Bangkok final 12 months, 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 stated.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 girl, who’s at the moment ranked ninth on the planet, is a part of the nationwide camp which is coaching on the ASI in Pune.