Youngsters now show an interest in archery.
Archery is gradually becoming a popular sport. The mini State meet held at Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada recently brought to the fore a good number of children. The meet held for archers under the age of 13 years received an overwhelming response from all over the State. Nearly 80-odd boys and girls took part in the event. It was held as a selection event for picking the Andhra Pradesh team for the mini Nationals to be held in Vijayawada from August 28.
For the future
“Mini archery event is meant to identify the future archers. The Archery Association of India, in an effort to develop quality archers at the grass root level, introduced this event which is gaining ground all over the State,” says international archer Ch. Lenin. He points out that while less than 40 archers take part in the senior segment, around 100 archers turn up for the mini event. “There is no doubt many youngsters are showing interest in learning the traditional sport,” he says.
The meet saw city archer M. Chiranjeevi setting a national record by garnering 1403 points to win the boys compound event. “This is a national record. Chiranjeevi has overhauled Shahanshah of Jharkhand who won the individual championship at the last year's mini Nationals by getting 1355 points. For an archer like Chiranjeevi scoring 1403 points in a State meet itself signifies that AP archers are doing extremely well,” says Volga Archery Academy chairman Ch. Satyanarayana.
City archers E. Sahit took the silver medal in the boys' compound event by scoring 1392 points while G. Kavya won the girls compound event by registering 1307 points.