Archers confident of a podium finish in Olympics: Dola
Archery Association of India general secretary Paresh Mukherjee said: "We are going to compete, and not to just participate".Updated: Aug 02, 2008 21:12 IST
Days before leaving for the Beijing Olympics, ace Indian archer Dola Banerjee Saturday exuded confidence that the nation would get a medal in the sport.
"We will get a medal this time. We don't know which event, but we are confident," Dola told reporters at the Calcutta Sports journalists' Club here.
A four-member team of archers would represent India at Beijing. The Indians would take part in three of the events - men's individual, and women's team and individuals.
Archery Association of India general secretary Paresh Mukherjee said: "We are going to compete, and not to just participate".
Mangal Singh Champia, the lone male participant and who has been in great form, said he was going with an open mind. "I don't want to put pressure on myself by saying I have to win a medal. I am going with an open mind, and I am confident".
The team has undergone intensive training under the South Korean coach Wang Woo Lee at the Sports Authority of India ground at the satellite township of Salt Lake.
"If we can repeat the form we have displayed in practice, then we will not return empty-handed".
Banerjee felt the presence of youngsters like Vardeneni Pranitha and Bombayla Devi, both first time contestants at the Olympics, would not make things difficult for the Indians.
"I have had long discussions with them in the last few days. If they are not overawed, we won't have much difficulty. Bombayla has been in good form for the last one year. Pranitha has been in the Indian team in the last two World Cups," she said.