India will not have a men’s archery team at the Rio Olympics as it failed to make the cut in the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament held on the sidelines of the World Cup Stage 3 at the Konyaalti Beach Park in Antalya, Thursday, on Thursday.
The Indian trio of Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia, who got the top seeding, lost to lower-ranked Malaysia 4-5 in the shoot-off (27-28) in the quarters to be out of Rio reckoning.
Needed to finish among the top three to qualify, India found themselves in a favourable draw of 16 as it toiled past home challengers Turkey 4-5 in the shootoff (28-27).
The team squandered a 2-0 lead to lose to Malaysia in the quarters.
India, however, will be able to compete in the individual men’s recurve as Champia incidentally had grabbed a solitary quota place in the World Championship in July last year.
Champia may miss out on the Rio-bound squad after a separate trial will be held by the Archery Association of India to pick the individual member.
The women’s recurve section however will have a full-strength squad after it had made the cut in Denmark last year.