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Women archers have it in them to win medal: Indian Coaches

india Updated: Jul 24, 2012 15:08 IST
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Indian women archers have enough mental strength to pull off history at London Olympics as they have learned to soak in pressure, feel the two coaches accompanying the squad in the British capital.

"We're hoping to create Indian archery history. The girls have already shown their admirable skills, all they need to do is to keep their composure," says women's archery coach Purnima Mahato.

"Mental strength plays a very big role in archery, and these girls have shown that is ample measure, over the past two years," said Mahato, who has been striving to keep her wards away from the media glare in the world's biggest sporting extravaganza.

"India has never had such a strong archery team representing the country, and these girls have already proved their mettle in the past two years," she said.

Limba Ram, himself an archery Olympian and now a national coach, asserts that the current Indian women's team handles pressure quite well.

"They seem to make light of the mental pressure and that's a very critical factor in archery," said Limba Ram as Indian archers brace for their first practice session in the main Olympic competition arena at Lord's, the historic cricket ground named after Sir Thomas Lord.

The archers have been practising at the training area outside the main ground until now, but tomorrow they will have a feel of the place that has been traditionally linked to cricketing glory.

The venue is synonymous with cricket, but archery has played a part in its history. An archery event was first staged at Lord's more than 300 years ago.

An archery competition was held at the old Lord's ground in the year 1789 by the royal society for lovers of bows, which staged target days at Lord's.