India's archers to compete in three disciplines at Asian Games
Compound archers will compete in only three disciplines at the upcoming Asian Games and chief coach Jiwanjot Singh said India would be aiming for all three gold medals on offer.
India had grabbed medals in all the four disciplines of the compound section in Incheon Asian Games in 2014 but this time the men's and women's individual events had been replaced by a mixed pair event.
"It's a big loss for us, as two of our medals had come in the individual sections -- Abhisek Verma (silver) and Trisha Deb (bronze)," Singh told PTI from the sidelines of their camp at the Sports Authority of India, Sonepat.
But the good news is the compound archers have peaked at the right time.
The women's compound team has created history by reaching the number one ranking with their double silver medal-winning efforts in the Antalya and Berlin World Cup stages.
Indian mixed pair duo of Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam, on the other hand, has won a medal in each of the four World Cup stages in Shanghai, Antalya, Salt Lake and Berlin.
The preparation is also going on full swing under the guidance of two-time World Cup Final gold medallist Sergio Pagni.
The 39-year-old Italian, who is here for 10 days on the recommendation of Verma, will wrap up his conditioning camp tomorrow.
"He comes with a lot of experience and it's about sharing his knowledge and fine-tuning our team ahead of the Games," Singh said.
Pagni's appointment for just 10 days had been criticised, but the Indian chief coach said: "He's not here to make any drastic changes. Our progress is good enough and it's about mental conditioning and fine-tuning."
While it's a setback in the compound category, the Olympic discipline recurves archers will be boosted by the addition of mixed pair event in addition to the four regular events.
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