Regardless of 86-hour journey, missed World Cup, onerous quarantines, Atanu Das centered on bulls-eye-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter
After their medal haul at Stage I World Cup, Indian archers returned house after an 86-hour journey. Then got here information that they may miss World Cup Stage II. The archers additionally face onerous quarantines at Paris WC and Tokyo 2020. Regardless of that Atanu Das is holding his eye educated on the bulls-eye.
In Atanu Das’ thoughts, the glass is all the time half full. The perpetually grinning males’s recurve archer tends to look the grimmest conditions within the eye and discover a silver lining. Or, name it an archer’s blinkered method to solely take a look at the goal and mute out the noise.
So, it’s not shocking that he discovered a optimistic takeaway even after spending 86 hours to return house from Guatemala Metropolis the place India’s recurve archers gained 4 medals on the World Cup Stage I final month.
The tedious journey took the archery contingent from Guatemala Metropolis to Panama to a 23-hour layover in Paris to Bengaluru to Mumbai earlier than they lastly reached Pune, the place they’re based mostly on the Military Sports activities Institute.
“The journey was horrible. It was an extended journey that left us fatigued. Our halt in Paris itself was 23 hours. However contemplating we have been returning after successful medals the 86-hour journey didn’t really feel that dangerous. Our solely concern was reaching safely,” Atanu advised Novi Reporter earlier this week.
Whereas Atanu gained males’s particular person gold at Guatemala Metropolis, he additionally claimed a bronze within the combined staff occasion with Ankita Bhakat. For Atanu, it was the first-ever particular person medal on the World Cup. His partner Deepika Kumari additionally returned with golds within the girls’s particular person and girls’s staff occasions.
On being requested if the medal haul will increase their confidence going into Tokyo Olympics, Atanu mentioned: “Psychologically, I’m not going to hype it up. It’s very regular. The rivals are the identical, be it the World Cup or the Olympics. Our work can also be the identical. My work is taking pictures arrows and hitting the bulls-eye.”
He admitted that the Indian contingent was excited to be competing after an extended interval at house as a result of coronavirus -imposed break within the archery calendar. “We have been ready for a very long time to compete. After over a yr, we bought the possibility to compete at an occasion. So, there was a whole lot of pleasure.”
The Indian archery contingent’s preparations for the Archery World Cup Stage III in Paris and the Tokyo Olympics have been affected when the Switzerland embassy allegedly rejected short-term visas for the Indian archery contingent. The archers will now compete on the final stage of the World Cup in Paris after which at Tokyo 2020 in July, each of which might require quarantines (the archery contingent has plans to succeed in Japan earlier than their occasion, so can be requested to quarantine).
“We’d thought that we’ll try to appropriate our errors from Guatemala in Switzerland. But it surely wasn’t to be. There’s not rather a lot we are able to do on this scenario. That’s why we don’t interact our thoughts in serious about that World Cup,” he mentioned earlier than including, “We don’t take into consideration issues like quarantines. Given the COVID scenario, issues like quarantines are going to be there. It’s a truth which we’ve to simply accept. I don’t suppose it’ll make an enormous distinction. A minimum of we’re attending to compete. There are such a lot of sports activities which might be nonetheless not up and operating,” he mentioned.
Atanu, who was additionally a part of the Rio Olympics contingent together with Deepika Kumari, feels that the archers are a lot better ready going into Tokyo 2020 than they have been 5 years in the past. On the archery vary in Pune’s ASI, the archers preserve attempting newer issues in coaching to arrange for any problem that Tokyo 2020 might throw up. This contains coaching at evening, coaching within the rains, and even establishing an elevated platform to shoot from.
“Earlier we by no means used to strive these coaching strategies. However now we’re getting much more services because the Rio Olympics in 2016. At Rio 2016, we got a whole lot of services, however on the final minute. I had mentioned then additionally that if we get services all through the Olympics cycle, then it’ll be much more useful. The end result can be totally different.”
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