Indian Junior and Cadet Archers created history by collecting 7 medals including 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in the compound category in a day at the Youth World Championships -Wroclaw (Poland) while all finals of the Recurve event will be staged on Sunday in which our Archers will fight for 5 Gold and 4 Bronze medals.
The exceptional dominance of the Indian youth squad in the ongoing Youth World event can be gauged from the fact that out of possible total team medals of 12, our archers are entered into the finals of 9 matches.
The journey of winning the medal by the Indian team in the Junior World was started from winning the Junior Men's Team Silver Medal in the 2004-Junior World Archery-UK (old name of Youth World) which still continues with the heap of medals. Indian Youth Team’s best finish was Mexico-Youth World Championship in 2006 when they finished with 5 medals including 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze Medals.
Priya Gurjar became the first Indian compound archer to win three medals, including two gold and one silver, at any Youth World Championships. Sakshi Chaudhary became the first Indian woman Junior Compound archer to reach the final in the category.
This is the first time in the history of Indian archery that all the three teams' medals (Men Team, Women Team and Mixed Team) of an event in any world level Archery event have won by Indian Archers. Our cadet compound Archery did this miracle by winning three consecutive Gold medals in a day in Youth World Championship-Wroclaw.
In qualification round, Indian Compound Cadet Girls Trio- Priya Gurjar, Parneet Kaur & Ridhu Varshini Senthikumar broke the Cadet Compound Team World Record by securing 2067 out of possible 2160 points. The previous world record was held by the USA at 2045. Compound Cadet Mixed Duo – Priya Gurjar and Kushal Dalal established a new World Record of 1401 out of 1440 possible points. The previous world best was at 1387.
The Recurve Junior and Cadet Archers will show their strength and determination on the concluding day of the event to claim 5 Gold and 4 Bronze medals more to the country.
The President of Archery Association of India and Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda while commending the stupendous achievements and world record-breaking performance, congratulated all the members of the Junior Archery Team for their phenomenal success.
AAI President also wished the team all the best for winning all possible medals and hoisting the tricolor flag as many times as possible in Wroclaw tomorrow so that the country and the countrymen can be proud on Independence Day.
Shri Arjun Munda largely attributed the thumping victory of Junior Archery team to the 'Khelo India Scheme' of Sports Authority of India and to a thought behind in establishing the National Centres of Excellence (NCOE) in different locations. The endeavors of SAI motivated the players to follow their passion for sports by providing them a platform and opening several opportunities for them. It is really a great initiative to move ahead of the Indian sports and for the future of young and talented athletes of India for which SAI deserves to be applauded. He wholeheartedly appreciated the efforts made by the Member State Associations, Associate Members and various Academies/Centres to take the Archers from the grass root to the top level.
Shri Munda said that the sponsorship of NTPC has played an important role in taking the sport of Archery forward. The credit for this success goes to NTPC to the large extent. We are hopeful that our Archers will bring many more medals and laurels in the highest level of events and give an opportunity to the nation, AAI and NTPC to celebrate.