A medal in all four events can be expected from the six-member outfit with World No 1 Deepika Kumari, 18, being the spearhead.
Before the world witnesses the $42 million opening ceremony of the 30th Olympic Games tonight, the India men and women archers will be aiming for the bulls eye in the ranking round of the team event at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground. India could open its medal tally at London as early as Saturday when the medal round of the team championships is scheduled.
World No 1 Deepika Kumari
All eyes will be on the World No 2 women’s team of Deepika, Chekrovolu Swuro and Bombayala Devi as they are India’s best bet for a medal.
The trio stunned fancied South Korea to finish second in the 2011 World Championship, which also helped them qualify for the London Games.
“We have done whatever we could during training. But you can’t fully prepare for a sport like archery. You never know how the conditions would be on a particular day.
To win an Olympic medal is a dream for all of us and we are keeping our fingers crossed,” said Deepika, who has become the centre of attraction after reaching the top spot in the FITA rankings. —
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