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SPECIAL OCCASION: Olympian archer Limbaram being felicitated at the opening ceremony of All-India inter-university archery championship on Saturday.
SPECIAL OCCASION: Olympian archer Limbaram being felicitated at the opening ceremony of All-India inter-university archery championship on Saturday.

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Archers from over 35 universities are taking part in the event

The mega event is being held for the first time in the ANU Celebrity archer Limbaram felicitated for his decade-long achievementsArchery is part of Indian culture, says Limbaram

VIJAYAWADA: Amidst bursting of crackers, soaring colourful balloons and impressive march-past, the four-day all-India inter-university archery championship was declared open at the Acharya Nagarjuna University campus on Saturday.

Hundreds of archers representing over 35 universities are participating in the event being held for the first time in the ANU.

P. Venkata Ramaiah, chairman, southern regional committee, NCTE (Bangalore), said that the present-day media was putting a lot of pressure on achievers in sports and it was unfortunate that more and more performers were succumbing to the undue pressure. "Classic example is our own tennis sensation Sania Mirza. The media expects her to win all tournaments, which is impossible. Winning matches depends on so many factors. The media should indirectly encourage the achievers by instilling confidence in them," he felt.

Celebrity archer Limbaram, who was here as a guest, said that archery should reach the common man only then the sport would prosper.

"Any sport that is beyond the reach of common man will perish. Archery is part of Indian culture and history, but unfortunately others are dominating the sport," he averred.

Sports hostel

ANU Vice-Chancellor V. Balamohandas said that the university was keen on providing sporting facilities to the players, and a comprehensive sports hostel would be set up on the campus shortly for the players studying in affiliated colleges.

All-India Archery Federation general secretary Anil Kamineni said that the country was gradually emerging as a power to reckon with. "We are second in world in men segment and fourth in women. This year is crucial for Indian archery as two important events are coming up - Junior World Cup in October and Asian Games in December. Some of the archers from this championship could make it to the India team, if they perform well." The organising committee of the meet felicitated Limbaram.

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