India men’s recurve team fail to qualify for Rio

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Antalya (Turkey), June 16 (IANS) India will not have a men’s archery team competing in Rio Olympics as it failed to book a berth in the quadrennial event through the Olympic qualifying tournament here on Thursday.

The top-seeded men’s trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Atanu Das and Mangal Singh Champia lost to a lower-ranked Malaysian team 4-5 in the shoot-off in the quarter-finals after finishing at 27-28.

They needed to finish in the top three to qualify for the games in August but it was Champia’s poor run of form which hindered their progress as they squandered a 2-0 lead.

Incidentally, Champia will be able to take part in the individual men’s recurve event at Rio where he bagged a quota place in the World Championship in July last year.

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However, considering his lack of form, Champia might miss out on the Rio bound squad when the Archery Association of India (AAI) sits to pick an individual member based on a separate trail.

The women’s recurve team will have no such problems to deal with as they have already qualified for the Olympics last year through a tournament in Denmark.



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