Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore met and congratulated the medal winners of the recently concluded World Youth Archery Championship in New Delhi. The Indian team had won three medals – one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in team events at the Championship which was held at Rosario, Argentina from October 2 to 8.
The 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist and the current Sports Minister enquired the team members and their coaches about the overall performance of India in the championships and training given to players. The minister congratulated the players and team.
In the championships, Indian pair of Jemson Ningthoujam and Ankita Bhakat win gold medal World Archery Youth Championship 2017. The Indian archers Jemson Ningthoujam and Ankita Bhakat made the country proud when the pair won a gold medal in mixed team event in World Archery Youth Championship 2017 held at Rosario in Argentina. The pair made the country to win 4th world championships titles in archery. Palton Hansda was the first Indian who won the world championship in junior women’s compound event in 2006 followed by Deepika Kumari who won title two times in 2009 and in 2011.
The pair beat the Koreans Kim Kyoungeun and Jaewoo Heo in the quarterfinals before beating Roman Sheremet and Solomiya Hnyp of Ukraine in the semi finals to meet the Russians the final. In the final, the Indians, seeded just ninth, in the tournament beat the Russian pair of Svatlana Gomboeva and Erdem Irdyneev.
After winning the medal, Bhakat said, “I was initially feeling a little shaky but I shot very well and we won the gold”. “Now I’m happy.”
Jemson Ningthoujam stated, “Our coach tried to encourage us both; he was shouting ‘we have to win’, ‘we have to win’, ‘we have to win’” .
“The hard work has paid off and now we‘ll hear our national anthem.”, added the Services archer Jemson Ningthoujam who has won 3 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals at the national championships.
Jemson Ningthoujam also won a silver medal along with Shukmani Gajanan Babrekar and Atul Verma in men’s recurve team event. The men’s team lost to Korean team in the final of men’s team event to settle for silver.
India also took a bronze medal in the compound cadet women’s event when Khushbu Dhayal, Sanchita Tiwari and Divya Dhawal defeated Great Britain by 212-206 points in the play-off.