The official practice of the archery test event for the Commonwealth Games was held on Monday at the Yamuna Sports Complex here. Archers from Bangladesh, England, Wales, Singapore, Malaysia, Jersey, Sri Lanka, Scotland, New Zealand and India practiced in both divisions — compound and recurve. 105 archers (with 37 team officials) are participating in the trial run for the Games.
Indian archer Dola Banerjee was confident of India’s chances of striking gold, as some of the top countries such as Korea and China do not feature in the Commonwealth.
“Preparations for the event have been smooth,” Banerjee said. “We started our training camp last year, so all is well. The next six months will be the hardest because of the Games in October,” she explained.
Selection trials are also due to start next month, with one to be held every month. “After four or five trials, our points will be counted and the final squad for the Games will be announced,” Banerjee said.
With expectations pinned on the archers, chief coach Limba Ram has kept a calm head. “He told us to shoot easily and stay cool. He’s a very senior player so we have the advantage of experience with us,” she said.