The Indian team shooters performed very well at the 7th World Fazza – Dubai 2021 World Tournament at the Dubai Club for People of Determination here on Tuesday. Rakesh Kumar won the composite individual gold, while the mixed team from Harvinder Singh and Pooja won the mixed team Gold in Recurve.
Rakesh defeated France’s ninth-ranked top scorer in 1/8 matches (142/140), defeating first-placed top scorer Atamanenko Sergius of Ukraine in the quarterfinals (142 vs. 137). In the semifinals, Rakesh defeated Agyan of Turkey, ranking 5th out of 143 against 138. In the final, he defeated Shaim Sunder of India, ranked 2nd with a score of 143 to 135.
In the event Mixed Team Recurve India (Harvinder & Pooja) defeated in the semifinals the ranked 2nd team of Ukraine in a tiebreaker. In the finals, they defeated the team in 1st place in Turkey in a timer.
In the process, Shyam Sunder defeated former World No. 1 Open Marcel Pavlik of Slovakia 145 against 143, while Jyoti defeated Dzhioeva Anastasia of Russia.
About 70 shooters from 11 countries are competing in this year’s championship, which will also mark the return of Para Archery in a year’s time. Dubai hosted the last Steam Archery Championship, the 6th Fazza World Steam Archery Tournament, in February 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, suspending or canceling all sporting events.
This year’s championship, organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, is attended by Algeria, France, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and the hosts United Arab Emirates.
Among the best names participating in the week are Iran 2012 London Paralympic medalist Zahra Nemati, former No. 1 in the men’s open championship Marcel Pavlik of Slovakia, in addition to several qualifications for Tokyo 2020 and former champions.
While Turkey, which claimed seven medals last year, is here with a maximum of 14 players, the hosts of the United Arab Emirates have placed 7 players.
India has won the most medals in the Para international tournament to date.
Gold Medal – Recurve Mixed Team (Harvinder & Pooja), Compound Indv (Rakesh Kumar)
Silver Medal – Mixed Mixed Team (Shyam Sunder & Jyoti Baliyan), Compound Indv M (Shyam Sunder) & Women (Jyoti Baliyan)
Mr. Arjun Munda ji, president, AAI expressed happiness at their performance and said they hoped they would win Paralympic medals. He also said that there are chances that Joti Balian and Puja will qualify for the Czech world ranking tournament.
Secretary General Pramod Chandurkar said that the national camps continue until the Paralympic Games and the shooter will participate in the Czech Republic, and we will also send the team 14 days in advance to Tokyo for acclimatization, so that the chances of our shooters are very bright.
Also present at the event was Sanjeeva Singh, a highly effective director (Archery), who mentioned that we are trying to provide scientific training to improve the team’s performance. Olympian Limba Ram also blessed the shooters and motivated them to perform better. Team coaches Anil Joshi and Deepak Malik were also greeted along with the scorers