Apart from, the archers have faces one other embarrassment on the regional entrance after the South Asian Archery Federation (SAAF), throughout its latest assembly in Dhaka, resolved to not allow the Indian archers to take part on the South Asian Games (SAG) in Nepal from December 1 to 10.
Speaking about Indian archers being stopped from competing on the SAG, the SAAF recorded in its minutes of the assembly “Indian archery affiliation has already been suspended by the World Archery from participation in all worldwide and regional tournaments. The SAAF Board determined to stick to the directive given by the World Archery in participation of archers of India in any competitions registered below World Archery. The Board has unanimously determined to not allow the archers of AAI within the forthcoming 13th South Asian Video games to be held in Nepal because the members of World Archery are compelled to stick to the rules given by World Archery.”
The minutes of the assembly are in possession of the TOI. The choice by the SAAF has already been communicated to each the Indian authorities and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
The archers have additional causes to fret about, particularly the ladies’s recurve archers who’re but to qualify for Tokyo Olympics. In one other embarrassment, each the women and men recurve archers will compete on the Asian Archery Championships, beginning in Bangkok from coming Thursday below the ‘World Archery flag’ as a result of AAI’s suspension. The match is a qualifying occasion in particular person class for Tokyo Video games.
In consequence, the medals gained by the nation’s archers will probably be counted in the direction of the World Archery tally and never as an Indian medal. This would be the second such occasion in as many months the place the archers have been pressured to compete below the World Archery flag.
Solely final month on the Asian Para Archery Championships, India’s Vivek Chikara did your complete nation proud by successful a gold medal within the males’s recurve open occasion with a powerful 7-1 win over China’s Sijun Wang, however he, together with different Indian para archers, needed to compete below the World Archery flag and his Olympic quota place for the Tokyo Paralympic Games wasn’t counted for India.
Within the newest growth, if the Indian ladies recurve archers have been capable of win a medal and a subsequent particular person quota place on the forthcoming Asian Archery Championships, it would counted as World Archery medals and quota place. The crew occasion for ladies recurve archers will happen subsequent yr someplace in Might-June in Germany. The boys’s recurve archers (three quota locations) had certified for the Tokyo Video games earlier this yr after their spectacular efficiency on the World Championships in The Netherlands.