After the Tokyo Olympics debacle and its failure in the first trials, India’s top archer Deepika Kumari is set to make her comeback for India at the upcoming World Cup Stage 3 which kicks off in Paris on Tuesday.

Tokyo Olympian Pravin Jadhav and world No. 3 compound archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam also made their comebacks after further trials following the postponement of the Asian Games. Atanu Das, however, was unable to qualify as he finished outside the top 8 in the previous try.

Exactly one year after winning an individual gold medal here in the same tournament last year, Deepika, the world No. 3 in recurve, will be looking to redeem herself. The fact that the Olympics are scheduled in two years in the same place will be an added motivation for Deepika, who also won a silver medal in the World Cup final here in 2013.

Returning empty-handed from her third Olympic campaign last year, Deepika saw her form plummet with her husband and the country’s top male archer, Atanu Das, and the duo were unable to make it into the Indian team for the Asian Games. They were later postponed and the Indian Archery Association organized a new test of the top eight archers for Stage 3 of the World Cup.

Previously, the same team had to compete in World Cups and Asian Games as the federation wanted to give the team exposure at international events. Thus, Deepika, Das, Jadhav and Jyothi could not participate in the first two World Cups in Antalya and Gwangju. But after the postponement, Deepika and Pravin Jadhav, who were in the top 8 in the first run run, got another chance and made the cut. Deepika entered at the expense of Komalika Bari, while Tokyo Olympic mixed team partner Jadhav ousted Sachin Gupta to complete the World Cup Stage 3 roster.

Deepika was last seen in action for India in the Yankton World Cup Final in September 2021, where she finished fourth.

The compound section also saw the return of World Championships silver medalist Jyothi Surekha Vennam who also failed to make the Asian Cup squad earlier this year. . She last competed at the Asian Championships in Dhaka in November last year, where she won an individual gold medal. She returned in place of Raginee Makoo.

Sangampreet Bisla also made a comeback by ousting veteran Rajat Chauhan in the compound section.

India Team:

Recurve Men: Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar, Pravin Jadhav and Neeraj Chauhan.

Recurve Women: Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Ridhi Phor and Simranjeet Kaur.

Compound Men: Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini, Mohan Bhardwaj and Sangampreet Bisla.

Compound Ladies: Jyothi Surekha Venna, Priya Gurjar, Avneet Kaur and Muskan Kirar.

With PTI entries