Lack of experience may be the main reason why the Indian archery team missed the Olympic qualifiers for the first time, according to former World Cup champion Dola Banerjee, who said the trio should have included another seasonal name together. with the performed Deepika Kumari
For the first time since the women’s team made its debut at the 2004 Athens Olympics, India will have no representation in the Games after the trio of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari lost to low-scoring Colombia in their first round of the Olympic finals. Paris on Sunday.
“It’s hard to believe, the women’s team was the favorite to win an Olympic medal and couldn’t even qualify,” two-time Olympian Dola told PTI.
After qualifying as the second seed with Deepika, shooting with an individual score of 674 in the morning session, all hell fell apart in the elimination round when she shot a bad five to start the second set.
His inexperienced partners failed to make corrections as India lost in consecutive sets with scores of 54, 49, 52.
“Not that Colombia won by shooting well, but our results were far below their average score of 57-58 in practice. You just can’t win with those results at that level. Colombia got easier after India shot 49 and failed equalization in the second set. “
After India failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, the country made a lonely change of country, bringing leftist Ankita Bakat to replace the oldest Laishram Bombayala Devi, a three-time Olympian.
“I can’t say that we would have qualified if we had Bom (Bombayala), but the experience definitely counts. When you have two experienced shooters, one can compensate for the bad shot of the other.
“But if a senior hesitates, teenagers become more nervous. Ankita and Komalika didn’t have much experience at that level,” Dola said.
As for the selection, little can be done, as the federation selected the team after a test, she added.
India will now have four scorers in Tokyo, with the men’s team of Tarundip Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Yadhav, while Deepika will be the only participant in the women’s section in its third consecutive Olympics.
“I’m sure she (Deepika) will feel very bad, but it’s time to look ahead, there’s no point in thinking about the past. She has a bright chance in both individual and mixed doubles events and who knows, she may we won our first Olympic medal in Tokyo … “she said.
India did not send a single archery team to the 2000 Sydney Olympics due to lack of training, but since 2004 women’s teams have participated regularly.
Former Secretary General of the Paresh Archery Association of India Nat Mukherjee said there was still hope.
“We can’t be pessimistic just because there’s only one month left for the Olympics. It’s definitely sad, but we still have a lot of hope from our shooters,” Mukherjee said.