Archer Dhiraj Bommadevara is aiming for a team quota at the Paris Olympics

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Dhiraj Bommadevara

Indian archer Dhiraj Bommadevara, who has already secured an individual quota for the Paris Olympics 2024, is now setting his sights on securing a team quota. The young archer from Vijayawada has been making waves in the international archery circuit, with notable performances at various tournaments.

Bommadevara secured India’s first quota for the Paris Olympics 2024 at the Asian Continental Qualifier Tournament 2023 held in Bangkok, Thailand. He won a silver medal in the men’s recurve event at the tournament. Despite losing the gold medal match to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Zih-Siang via a shoot-off, his entry into the final had already sealed the quota place for him.

In the qualifying round, Bommadevara, who was part of the Indian men’s recurve team that won a silver medal at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, topped the standings with 677 points. He then went on to win against several competitors, including Ezizmuhammet Sahedov of Turkmenistan and Li Yue Long of Singapore, before securing the quota by defeating Iran’s Mohammadhossein Golshani Asl in the semi-finals.

Dhiraj Bommadevara’s Wish Ahead of the Paris Olympics 2024

Despite his success, Bommadevara is keen on securing a team quota for the Paris Olympics. He was part of the Indian men’s recurve team, alongside Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Ramesh Jadhav, who defeated Korea to win the recurve gold at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 in Shanghai. This was the first time Indian men had won an archery World Cup gold medal since 2010.

Bommadevara believes that the chances of securing a team quota are high. The team is working hard towards this goal, participating in as many tournaments as possible. Their priority is to convert the individual quota into a team quota.

Bommadevara’s journey in archery has been marked by several milestones. He is a beneficiary of the sports ministry’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme and has won several accolades, including a team silver at the Hangzhou Asian Games and a second World Cup medal in Shanghai, where he teamed up with Ankita Bhakat to win the bronze in the mixed team event.

As the Paris Olympics 2024 approaches, all eyes are on Bommadevara and his team. Their performances in the upcoming tournaments will be crucial in determining whether they can secure the much-coveted team quota

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