DUBAI: India’s top para archers, including Tokyo Paralympic Games bronze medalist Harvinder Singh, will return to action at the World Para Archery Championships which begin on Wednesday.
The nine-member Indian team arrived here after a two-month training camp at the Sports Authority of India Center in Sonipat and the archers are confident of a good show at the centrepiece.
India has won medals in almost every event since 2017 except the World Championships. Harvinder won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Paralympic Games and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Harvinder, who turned his farm in Ajitnagar, Punjab, into a target practice location before winning a historic Paralympic bronze medal in Tokyo, is focused on getting the job done – scoring a perfect score and going home. home with the elusive medal.
“Like all the other players here, I will be very happy to go home with a medal. But at the moment I’m not thinking about that. The goal is to shoot well this week. The result will follow,” he said. he said in a statement. Release.
“There is a lot of excitement within the team because it is the first event after the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This championship is very important to know where we are now.
“As it’s the start of the season, the event will also give direction to our future plans,” said Harvinder, who finished seventh and ninth at the last two Worlds.
Harvinder said he didn’t want to be pressured into setting a goal in the championships.
“Mentally I’m confident. But I don’t want to be overconfident or pressured by setting a goal in the Championships. I just want to focus on getting a good score.
“That’s what I did at the Paralympics and the Asian Paralympics as well. I want to follow the same strategy — stay calm, focused and shoot well,” added the recurve men’s open archer, who will be celebrating his 31st birthday. birthday in three days.
Compound open archers including Paralympians Rakesh Kumar, Shyam Sundar Swami and Jyoti Baliyan will open their campaign.
National coach Kuldeep Kumar said the team was the country’s best bet for a major championship medal.
“We’re aiming for the elusive world medal, gold, this time. There’s a lot of expectation from the archers, it’s a very balanced team,” Kumar said.
“We have Asian Paralympic and Para Games medalists, as well as World Ranking Tournament medalists. The team has worked very hard over the last few months in all aspects of their game,” the coach said.
No less than 223 archers from 40 countries take part in the championships, where 16 world titles are up for grabs.