The full squad of the Indian props team will try to take pieces after failing to make the Olympic cut as they prepare for the World Cup in archery (Stage 3), which starts here on Tuesday.
The represented Indian women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari lost to lower-ranked Colombia in straight sets to make a shocking exit from the second round of the Olympic finals here on Sunday.
As a result, India will not have a women’s team at next month’s Olympic Games for the first time since making its debut in Athens in 2004.
Thus, in Tokyo India will have four shooters 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.
Not long ago, the same women’s trio won gold from the World Cup in the first stage in Guatemala City in April, as they will be determined to compensate for their tame loss.
In the first stage, India did not have a team, but in their absence, the shooters came out with their best performance so far in the World Cup, winning three gold medals and one bronze from Guatemala City.
Returning to the World Cup after almost two years, the Indian women’s team had a perfect outing when it bounced back to stun the Mexican giants in the gold medal shot, the women’s team’s first medal since 2014.
The pair Archer Atanu Das and Deepika later won individual medals to reign first.
The tournament will be the last tournament before the Olympics in a month, as the Indian men’s team and Deepika will try to make the most of it to boost their confidence before the Tokyo Games.
India will also take part in the composition, along with the duo Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam, leading the challenge in the men’s and women’s sections respectively.
The squad failed to compete in Guatemala City in unfortunate circumstances after a false positive report from their coach about COVID-19.
This will be their first race since the Asian Championships in Bangkok in November 2019, as the team will try to get the most out of it.
Recurve Men: Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, Pravin Jadhav and Dhiraj B; Recurve Women: Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Komalika Bari and Madhu Vedwan.
Composite men: Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini; United women: Jyoti Surekha Vennam, Pragati, Akshita and Saanchi Dhalla.