Arjun Rao in national team for archery world cups

April 12th, 2009 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) Sub-junior national runner-up Arjun Rao of Jharkhand was the surprise qualifier in the men’s compound bow division to make it to the Indian team for the second and third archery World Cups.
The 16-year-old earned his maiden senior international assignment with the Indian team at the expense of M. Chinglensana Luwang by finishing fourth overall in the two-day selection trials that ended at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Centre Saturday.

The women’s contingent will be named Sunday.

The second World Cup will be held at Porec (Croatia) from May 4 to 9, and the third World Cup at Antalya (Turkey) from June 2 to 7.

Archery Association of India (AAI) secretary general Paresh Nath Mukherjee also announced the men’s squads for the second Asian Grand Prix to be held at Tehran from May 18 to 23. Archers who finished between fifth and eighth positions during the trials have been accommodated in the Tehran-bound sides.

World Cup contingent:

Recurve: Rahul Banerjee (Steel Plant), Mangal Singh (Railways), Vishwash (Services) and Jayanta Talukdar (Steel Plant)

Compound: C. Srither (Services), Chungda Sherpa (Services), Kh. Ratan Singh (Services) and Arjun Rao (Jharkhand).

2nd Asian Grand Prix squads:

Recurve: Kapil (Chandigarh), Tarundeep Rai (Services), Muni Ram Tirkey (Services) and K. Shivshankar (Services).

Compound: L. Haridas (Services), M. Chinglensana Luwang (Services), Amrinder Singh (Punjab) and Arun Sharma (Services).

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