The country’s top archers were thrilled when World Archery (WA) decided on Friday to nominate compound archery for inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
WA made the decision on the 50th anniversary of archery’s return to the Olympics.
“WA’s proposal is for an additional indoor archery competition for men, women and mixed teams which would last approximately three days, shorter than the current nine-day Olympic schedule,” WA said in a statement.
“Competiting on 18 meters and indoors, versus the classic outdoor 70 meter format, would clearly differentiate the two events while building on the success of the professional indoor archery circuit that is already well established in the United States. -United.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will evaluate the proposal before making a final decision on the compound bow, which is practiced with a mechanized bow.
Abhishek Verma, an elite archer who has won medals at top competitions such as the World Championships, World Cup and Asian Games, said, “Great news for Indian archers. We haven’t come away empty-handed from any competition so far. All the compound archers here in Paris are excited and hoping for the best,” said Abhishek from Paris, where he is competing in Stage 3 of the World Cup.
Rajat Chauhan, another medalist in compound events from all top competitions, also hailed the move.
“If compound archery comes into the Olympic fold, it will increase India’s chances of winning a medal. We are as good as other big countries.
“It will be a dream come true for me. In short, I had switched to recurve in 2016. I will work hard to shine at the highest sporting event,” said Chauhan, who was part of the Indian men’s team that won two Cup gold medals. of the world this year.
Three-time World Cup silver medalist V.Jyothi Surekha was hopeful about the venue’s future. “It’s something we’ve been waiting for a long time – to see the compound in the Olympics. Hopefully it gets the green light for LA2028,” Jyothi said.
High Performance Director Sanjeeva Singh said the inclusion of compound archery in the Olympics would help India. “Our chances of winning Olympics medals will become brighter. Archers like Abhishek and Jyothi will be role models for young archers,” Singh said.