Regardless of 86-hour journey, missed World Cup, laborious quarantines, Atanu Das centered on bulls-eye-Sports activities Information , Alenz
After their medal haul at Stage I World Cup, Indian archers returned residence after an 86-hour journey. Then got here information that they’ll miss World Cup Stage II. The archers additionally face laborious quarantines at Paris WC and Tokyo 2020. Regardless of that Atanu Das is conserving his eye skilled on the bulls-eye.
In Atanu Das’ thoughts, the glass is at all times 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 strategy to solely take a look at the goal and mute out the noise.
So, it’s not stunning that he discovered a optimistic takeaway even after spending 86 hours to return residence from Guatemala Metropolis the place India’s recurve archers received 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 a protracted 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 informed Alenz earlier this week.
Whereas Atanu received males’s particular person gold at Guatemala Metropolis, he additionally claimed a bronze within the blended group 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 ladies’s particular person and girls’s group occasions.
On being requested if the medal haul will enhance 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 a protracted interval at residence 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 acquired the prospect to compete at an occasion. So, there was numerous 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 may require quarantines (the archery contingent has plans to achieve 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 will do on this scenario. That’s why we don’t have interaction our thoughts in occupied with 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 a giant distinction. At the least 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 may throw up. This contains coaching at night time, coaching within the rains, and even organising an elevated platform to shoot from.
“Earlier we by no means used to strive these coaching strategies. However now we’re getting much more amenities for the reason that Rio Olympics in 2016. At Rio 2016, we got numerous amenities, however on the final minute. I had mentioned then additionally that if we get amenities all through the Olympics cycle, then it’ll be much more useful. The consequence can be totally different.”
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