A warm welcome was accorded to teenage archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha on Thursday, who won the bronze medal at the 17th Asian archery championship that concluded at Tehran (Iran) recently, by the students of Nalanda Vidya Niketan, archers from Volga Archery Academy and sports administrators.

Sixteen-year-old Jyothi Surekha, a junior intermediate student, along with Jhanu Hansda of Jharkhand and Manjudha Soy of Indian Railways lost to Korea in the semi-final and defeated Iran to clinch the bronze medal. Several students and archery administrators thronged the railway station and received her with bouquets

Nalanda Vidya Niketan vice principal P. Manjula congratulated the young archer and exhorted her win more medals for the nation. “In fact Jyothi is the first girl from Andhra Pradesh to win an Asian medal in archery”.

Krishna District Archery Association secretary Ch. Satyanarayana said that Jyothi Surekha representing the senior women team itself was a great achievement. “Her consistent performance in the selection trials helped her earn her slot in the Indian team. She has a great future ahead of her,” he felt. Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Deputy regional Director G. Chinnaiah, District Sports Development Officer B. Sudhakar and Krishna District Olympic Association secretary K.P. Rao congratulated Jyothi's feat.


  • Sixteen-year-old Jyothi Surekha, a junior Intermediate student, wins bronze
  • Nalanda Vidya Niketan vice-principal P. Manjula congratulates the archer