Limba Ram expecting a good show in the Commonwealth Games

February 8th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 7 (IANS) India’s new archery coach Limba Ram is expecting a good show at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and hopes his charges will bag several gold medals in the quadrennial meet.
“We have talented archers in both men’s and women’s departments in recurve. If we perform to our potential, we will do well,” said Limba, who missed an Olympic medal in the 1992 Bercelona Games by a solitary point.

The Arjuna awardee said India have talented archers in Jayant Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia in boys section. “They are capable of giving us both the team and individual gold medals.

“We also have great players in the women’s category like Dola Banerjee,” he said.

Appointed coach of the national team by the sports ministry last Wednesday, Limba has been given a one-year contract. “They (the authorities) have told me it will be renewed,” the former archer told IANS Saturday.

Recalling the narrow miss at Barcelona, Limba said: “I was given a new set of equipment. If I had an extra day, I would have adjusted. But that was not to be. There was no time.”

Asked about the upcoming events, Limba said India would participate in the Asian Circuit tournament in Korea March 25-29, and the World Cup stage 1 in Santo Domingo March 31-April 5.

“The selection trials will begin in Kolkata from March 3. The archers will be divided into A and B teams. The A team will go for the World Cup, and the B side will take part in the Asian Circuit meet,” he said.

Asked why he agreed to take up the responsibility, Limba said: “It’s a big challenge. They (the archery authorities) had been requesting me for the last few years to become the national coach. Earlier I told them to wait. But with the Commonwealth Games nearing, I though it would be the perfect setting to establish myself as a coach.”

Limba said he would take the help of a psychologist and stress on meditation and yoga to make the archers mentally tough.

“The players are upbeat. My responsibility will be to channel their talent in the right direction,” he added.

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