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Teenage archer escapes death after arrow pierces her neck during training

The arrow pierced the neck of Fazila Khatun while she was training at Sports Authority of India’s centre in Bolpur. She is “out of danger”, says SAI regional director MS Goindi

other sports Updated: Oct 30, 2017 20:18 IST
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Fazila Khatun got hit by a misfiring arrow from fellow archer Jewel Shaikh at Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) .(YouTube)

A 14-year-old archer from Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) had a close shave after an arrow pierced through the right side of her neck during a practice session on Monday morning.

Terming it “accidental”, SAI regional director MS Goindi said the arrow pierced through the collarbone of Fazila Khatun and she is “out of danger” recovering at the hospital.

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“A stray arrow hit her near the collarbone. Luckily it did not pierce through the wind pipe and she is out of danger,” Goindi told PTI.

According to reports, a misfiring arrow from her fellow archer Jewel Shaikh hit Fazila. (Video below but viewer discretion is advised)

In a video, Fazila is seen with the arrow pierced through the skin in the right side of the neck at the hospital.

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Calling for a detailed inquiry into the incident, Goindi said: “There’s a strict protocol about shooting as when archers go to collect the arrows there is a ceasefire. Only when they return to their respective marking line, the next round of shooting begins. But I don’t understand how this has happened.

Goindi said that these kind of mishap would not happen again.

“All the coaches are accountable, I will conduct a thorough inquiry to ascertain whether there’s a lapse from us. I will ensure that such mishaps don’t happen again,” Goindi said.

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“It appears to be a lapse from the coaching staff as after one set of shooting a ceasefire is declared when the archers go to their respective targets.”

A promising recurve archer, Fazila was inducted as one of the 23 SAI trainees after a trial and district competition earlier in July.

She was training to prepare for the Inter-SAI tournament to be held here next month.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 17:52 IST