Jharkhand’s ace archer Mangal Singh Champia, who booked his berth for Rio Olympics by qualifying individual event held in China last month, has to face Archery Association of India conducted trial scheduled on Saturday at Bengaluru to be part of the Olympic-bound Indian archery contingent.
Archery experts expressed anguish over the AAI summons to Champia for trial and prove his form and said it reminds of travails of wrestler Sushil Kumar. They said the news was discouraging for the archer.
“When most of the archers failed to qualify for Rio Olympic at the men’s team event at Turkey held recently, Mangal had emerged as the lone face saviour qualifying for Rio in individual event. Despite that federation asking him to prove him again is disappointing and unjustified,” the experts said.
Mangal Singh, who is in the ongoing Bengaluru conditioning, said he was under pressure but believed that he would prove himself once again.
“Players cannot disobey federation directives and the best in skill will qualify for Rio. Medal for nation matters not individuals.”
A senior AAI official requesting anonymity said Mangal’s form was not up to the mark since China event. “The federation wants to send top-form archers to Rio and if Mangal clicks in the trial, he will represent, otherwise Jayant Talukdar and Antanu Das will be probable archers for Rio Olympic,” the official said.