2014 recap: It is a mixed year for Indian archers
Indian archers had their share of hits and misses but the sport made little headway on the whole as they continued their slump in recurve section in 2014, a trend that doesn’t augur too well with the Rio Olympics less than two years to go.
Recurve being the only competitive category at the Olympics, Indian’s steady decline should be a cause of concern, as six quota places for Rio would be up for grabs in the World Championships, slated to be held in Copenhagen from July 26 to August 2 next year.
Arrow shooters, bolstered by the inclusion of compound section at the Incheon Asian Games, had their best ever show — one gold, one silver and two bronze. All the medals came in the compound section, even as the recurve archers, drew a blank in Incheon.
Old is gold
Deepika Kumari’s worst fear came true in 2014 she struggled to make the cut in the India team. Deepika, who slipped to No 16 turned back to her old coach Dharmendra Tiwari for the World Cup in Poland. The result was India won one gold, two silver and two bronze.