Jamshedpur: City-born Tata Archery Academy (TAA) cadet Komalika Bari has assured silver medal at World Archery Youth Championships, underway in Madrid, Spain.
The recurve archer is a resident of Birsanagar locality in Jamshedpur. She made into the finals (cadet section) of the youth championships . Komalika hit bull’s eye against her Korean opponent Jang Mi in the semi-finals on Thursday. She has assured India a silver medal. Komalika will now face Sonoda Waka of Japan in the clash on Sunday.
Komalika is being seen as next Deepika Kumari. She joined the Tata cradle two-and-a-half-years back.She was part of the Indian senior women’s team in Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey (May) and Berlin (July), besides the Hyundai World Championship held at Hertogenbosch, Netherlands in June. She also participated in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo in July.
Dharmendra Tiwary, coach with TAA, said Komalika is player with born talent. “She is a rising star.We are confident that she will make big in the archery circuit.
Tata Archery Academy was born in 1996, successfully training and nurturing youngsters in all these years, enabling them to break into the national and international ranks. It has brought within their vision, new choices for growth and given them a well defined goal to aim for.
Today, a number of sports feeder centers of Tata Steel based in Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh have helped to sift across a cross section of tribal population in these states and bring the best of talent to the mainstream sport. After a vigorous selection process carried by these feeder centres as well as the Academy pan-India, boys and girls between the age group of 13 to 18 years for a four-year course at the Tata Archery Academy.
Based on their performance, the Academy extends the training period for the cadets during which they are also imparted with formal education and encouraged to participate in state, national and international level championships.
The focus of the extensive training programme at the academy is on drawing out individual strengths and attributes, developing visual concentration and physical control along with the ability to perform under high mental pressure.