India draw a blank in Archery World Cup Stage II

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Indian archers’ poor form in the international circuit continued as they failed to clinch a single medal at the Archery World Cup Stage II. The Archery Association of India sent a second-string side to Shanghai.

Indian archers couldn't win a single medal in the second stage of Archery World Cup
Indian archers couldn’t win a single medal in the second stage of Archery World Cup

Having already been knocked out from both the individual and team events of the recurve and compound categories on Thursday, the mixed pair team events in those two categories were the only hopes remaining for India to bag a medal.

In the mixed team recurve event, Jagdish Chaudhary and Preeti lost to the American pair of Brady Ellison and Erin Mickelberry 2-6 in the second round after overcoming Romania’s Madalina Amaiestroaie and Ghenadi Iepuri in the first round.

In the compound mixed team, India’s Parveena and Praveen Kumar received a bye in the first round before losing to the lower ranked Malaysia 155-151 in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the 2019 Archery World Cup Stage I held at Medellin in Colombia, the 23-member Indian team couldn’t reach the venue on time as their connecting flight got delayed by more than two hours which in turn led to them missing the final flight to the South American nation.

The third stage of the Archery World Cup will begin on May 20 in Antalya, Turkey where India will send an experienced side.

“There’s no point in going to any international event for any of the archers”- Asian Games gold medallist Rajat Chauhan

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