With the archery test event for the Commonwealth Games from Monday, India are expected to sweep gold in the tournament. It’s not the players predicting it though, but top officials have sent out a strong message — perform or ‘heads will roll’. Talking to HT, AAI vice-president P.N. Mukherjee said, “We want India to win the eight gold medals. Otherwise, heads will roll.”
Security around the Yamuna Sports Complex, the site of the event, has been beefed up. “We’re confident there will be no problems. I have been on the field and have interacted with the archers. I have not received any complaint so far,” Mukherjee said.
Dola Banerjee, India’s top woman archer in the team and individual recurve, said that the job of winning had been made easier without the inclusion of some top countries. “Korea and China are not participating. So it’ll be easier for us without them,” she said. “But England, New Zealand, Australia and Canada have sent strong squads and they will challenge us,” she said. Five teams took part in the morning practice on Sunday.