New Delhi, 1st October, 2021; the action-packed 40th NTPC Senior Indian Round, Compound and Recurve National (men & women) Archery Championship is set to begin at the Tata Archery Academy, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand from 2nd to 10th October 2021 as part of the celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of TATA Archery Academy.
Senior National will be conducted in three phases starting with Indian Round (Bamboo Round) event from 2-3 October, 2021 followed by Compound event from 5-6 October and Recurve (Olympic) event from 8-9 October. Shri Arjun Munda, President of Archery Association of India and Union Tribal Minister, Govt.of India who is also the President of Jharkhand Archery Association will inaugurate the event on 2nd October, 2021.
The last NTPC Senior National Archery Championship was staged in Cuttack (Orissa) in March, 2019. Thereafter, no Senior National Championship could be conducted due to the impact of the wave of COVID-19 pandemic in all sporting and social gathering events.
The event will provide a wide-ranging platform for the upcoming and elite Archers of the country practising in State, Centre and private owned Archery centres/academies to showcase their talent after a gap of about two and a half years. Over 950 Archers and Team officials from 40 States and Sports Control/Promotion Boards have already registered for the event.
Jharkhand Archery Association and TATA Steel have made concerted effort to ensure the smooth conduct of the championship providing comfortable accommodation, food, transportation, well prepared field and other facilities. This unique partnership has organised many National Archery Championships and even Commonwealth Archery Championship & Asian Junior Archery Championship at the JRD Sports Complex with the overwhelming success . The city had last hosted Junior Nationals in 2016 and Senior Nationals in 2014.
Not just conducting events, Tata Archery Academy has always been one of the leading centers of Archery, contributing immensely since 1996 in identifying the hidden talents and nurturing them from beginning to the international level. Over the past 25 years, TATA Archery Academy has trained many cadets, some of whom have been awarded the Arjuna Award and three coaches have been awarded the Dronacharya Award for their outstanding service to the sports of Archery.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Arjun Munda said that Jharkhand Archery Association and TATA Steel have been given an onerous opportunity to host the 40th NTPC Senior National at Jamshedpur. They are looking forward to hosting a successful event adhering to all safety measures and protocols. It is mandatory for all the participants to bring RTPCR negative report. They need to follow physical distancing measures at all locations.
“Having such prestigious tournaments at Jamshedpur will certainly increase interest and inspire more youngsters to take up the sport and to develop more talent for the country in the years to come’. he added
President AAI further added that “Jharkhand always ranks among the top teams at all levels of the National championships and in the last 20-22 years it has hardly any occasion come when there is no Archer selected from Jharkhand in the Indian team for International competitions.”
Expressing his deep sense of gratitude to the sponsors, Shri Arjun Munda thanked NTPC for their incredible contribution to support the activities of the Archery Association of India as an official partner. He was also thankful to Tata Steel for their enduring support to Indian Archery as the Chief Patron. He also expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the enthusiastic team of Jharkhand Archery and Tata Steel for managing the event efficiently and wished the Archers best of performance in the event yet to open.
He also remembered Shri Dharmendra Tiwari, Dronacharya Awardee and a Coach of TATA Archery Academy who has been hospitalized for the past several days due to a serious illness.
The Senior National is of significant importance as the top 16 rank holders in Recurve Men, Recurve Women, Compound Men and Compound Women categories will be picked from this championship for the trials to be held on 10th and 11th October, 2021 at Jamshedpur which will be the basis of Indian team's selection for Asian Archery Championship - Dhaka.