During these unprecedented times, coronavirus has managed to overshadow everything. But amid this chaos, Indian archer couple Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das are trying to find bliss by tying the knot on June 30.
While weddings, especially Indian weddings are usually found out to be people buzzing and mayhem about. However, this time around, the wedding would be a bit unconventional as safety is elected to be the first priority over everything else.
According to a close acquaintance of Deepika Kumari, only sixty guests have been invited among which is the newly elected president of Archers Association of India (AAI) Arjun Munda who is also slated to perform the Kanyaadan ceremony as well.
The invitation cards have reportedly been embedded with the rules regarding the social distancing norms and sanitization as well. The archer had earlier claimed that she would go at all lengths to ensure the safety of the guests as well as herself during the ceremony.
The guests have been invited at different time slots with the first batch requested to leave by 7 PM following which the second batch will arrive and leave after one and a half hours. Moreover, Deepika’s family members won’t be present during the reception in order to avoid crowding.
The members present in the banquet hall would be required to wear a facemask and sanitize their hands as well.
The couple who have a 2013 World Cup mix title in their bag, have been engaged since 2018. Deepika has been a prolific archer for the country after bagging a Commonwealth Games gold medal and is also a former No.1 rank holder. Meanwhile, Atanu Das was part of the team that secured a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.
The archer claimed that this decision was influenced by the pandemic. He said to The Telegraph:
This was a sudden decision, a pandemic-induced one,”
“Our original plan was to get married at the end of this year. The Olympics would have been over by then and both Deepika and I would have been relaxed.
“However, all those plans have been hit for a six. The Olympics have been postponed to next year and we needed to modify our plans accordingly,” continued Atanu.
“We wanted to make use of the time at our disposal now. Later, neither of us would want to give up on valuable practice time, nor sacrifice any tournaments. We don’t want any distractions from our target. So, taking everything into consideration, this is the best time to tie the knot,” the 28-year-old said.