J. R. Shridharan
Commissioner Pradyumna allots a 750-foot-long and 30-foot-wide site
VIJAYAWADA: The decade-long dream of the city archers was realised on Tuesday, as they stepped into the exclusive archery field allotted by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation to practise and train. The Krishna District Archery Association, which has become the hub of AP archery, until now faced a piquant problem at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation, where archers were practising. Often the missed arrows created panic among the walkers and other sportspersons, thus disturbing the concentration of the archers.
After repeated pleas by the association, VMC Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna allotted a 750-foot-long and 30-foot-wide site on Mahanadu Road in Autonagar exclusively for archery. “The young archers are very happy as they can practise without any hindrance. Earlier, we had several restrictions in the IGMC stadium. Now, the boys and girls can train whenever they want,” said KDAA president Ch. Satyanarayana on Tuesday.
The site allotted enables eight archers to practise at a time on eight targets. “As per the norms of the FITA, the world archery federation, there should be a gap of five meters between two targets,” Mr. Satyanarayana pointed out.
The KDAA has also requested the VMC to construct a store room for the equipment and provide water facility at the site. “We will be conducting the mini State archery championship on Wednesday and Thursday at the new site. Over 100 archers from all over Andhra Pradesh will take part in three segments - Indian, compound and recurve rounds. A 24-member team will be selected for the mini National championship to be held in IGMC stadium from August 14 to 17,” he said.
Archery, which started in a humble way in 1998, caught the imagination of the many, as KDAA began producing many international archers, including Olympian Mangal Singh Champia, who migrated to the city in 1999. “Archers like Mangal Singh Champia, Ch. Lenin, Mandava Rishtha, Jyothi Surekha, Anand Shankar, Jignas, Deepu and Ritul Chatterjee took part in many international tourneys and won medals for the country,” Mr. Satyanarayana explained.