For the first time in the history of Andhra Pradesh archery, as many as eight archers from an academy would be representing India in the 4th South East Asian (Open) Archery Championship to be held at Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital of Myanmar, from September 17 to 22.
The honour has been bestowed upon the city-based VMC - Volga Archery Academy by the organising committee based on a string of exemplary performances by the academy's archers in the international circuit recently.
“It is a boon for young archers who would be competing with participants from South East Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Bhutan, Nepal and the host country,” said Ch. Satyanarayana, the chairman of the academy and who would accompany the Indian team as its manager, here on Friday.
The Myanmar championship would be a run-up tournament for the Asian Games to be held in China in November.
V. Jyothi Surekha (Nalanda Vidya Niketan), Y. Anusha Reddy, E. Sahit, M. Chiranjeevi (all from Viswabharathi), G. Kavya (Telaprolu Bapanaiah), B. Akhil Chowdary (Sri Chaitanya), Sunendhu Roy and Ch. Lenin (Indian Railways), along with Indian Army's Kuldeep Kumar, would be taking part in the compound segment in men and women categories.
Punjab's Jiwonjot Singh will be the coach.
In 2009, city archers took part in the 1st Asian Open Archery Championship in Myanmar in which Mr. Lenin won the team gold along with two individual silver medals.
In the women's segment, C. Yogitha won the team silver.