Double the effortAfter our failure at London, we need to double, even redouble our training programme. By that I don’t mean just practice. We need scientific mental training programmes and import the latest developments. But instead of being on the warpath to crack the Olympic riddle four years on, we have already wasted four months. Worse still, the sword of de-recognition hangs on our heads. If that happens, the Archery Association of India will not be affected, but archery will definitely take a beating.Big blowIf the government washes its hands off, camps will suffer. Most top archers are employed by public sector units and there is a scheme of 300-days leave for being part of the centre of excellence. But if government-backed national camps are stopped, it will be difficult for archers to get leave from their respective workplaces.Since 2006, we have been regularly participating in all the four World Cups and almost every year India have had a presence in the grand finale. We have won countless medals and the confidence showed when the women's team won the World Championship silver defeating Korea. The government bears expenses of all these foreign trips. It will be difficult to find sponsors for every exposure trip. Next year, we have the Asian Championships and World Championships in Antalya. The Asian Games in Incheon is in 2014. Preparations should have started by now. Hopefully, it will begin after the Nationals in December end.
Performance linkedIt is our international performance that has made us what we are. We have got jobs because of that. I am the first archer to be recruited by the Railways and now there are so many that we organise inter-railway archery championships. But recruitment will stop if international performance doesn't happen. We could push the next generation away from archery and that will be something that the federation will not be able to mend in a year.The writer is an archer and founding president of the Archery Players’ Association of India