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  Kids corner glory in 22nd State Archery Championship
19 Feb 2021

Kids stole the show on the opening day of the 22nd Odisha State Archery Championship with Piyush Pritam Dixit, Prisha Mishra, J Vihan Reddy and Himadri Bagarty winning the first four gold medals at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack today. In the kids (U-9) group, Bhadrak boy Piyush and Cuttack girl Prisha stood first in Indian Round, while Cuttack boy Vihan and Boudh girl Himadri secured the top position in Recurve Round.

Of course, Prisha and Vihan had it easy as there were no other competitors in respective events. But the enthusiasm, concentration and precision of the tiny archers were trait to watch. Though there were only seven of them in the fray, yet they made the opening day proceedings very much enjoyable.


Odisha Commorce and Transport Minister graced the opening ceremony as chief guest and declared the three-day State championship open. Rajya Sabha Member Subhash Chandra Singh, Odisha Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Behera were prominent among guest of honour.

Around 150 archers from 20 affiliated unites have joined the State championship, which is being organised by Odisha Archery Association (OAA). Senior woman archer Golap Nayak took the oath on behalf of the competitorts.

In his report, OAA secretary Sradhananda Das announced that the State body had decided to introduce `Train the Trainers’ scheme for Physical Education Teachers of the State. “Under the scheme, we have plan to bring reputed National coaches to train at least one PET from each district on technical aspects and rudimentaries of coaching skill,’’ Das elaborated.

The OAA secretary appealed State Government to activate the Nodal Centres for archery in KBK districts. In the year 2007, these nodal centres were opened in eight KBK district to promote archery at the grassroots level. Thanks to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the State government provided funds for the purpose. But due to lack of interest by the district level officials, the dream project was could not be implemented,’’ lamented Das.

The OAA secretary also appealed for the setting up of a Centre of Excellence for archery in the State and appointment of a foreign coach to sharpen the skills of the archers.

KIDS (U-9) GROUP: Boys Indian Round:
1. Piyush Pritam Dixit (Bhadrak), 2. Romiya Majhi (Kalahandi), 3. Krish Ati (Sambalpur). Girls Indian Round: 1. Prisha Mishra (Cuttack). Boys Recurve Round: 1. J Vihan Reddy (Cuttack). Girls Recurve Round: 1. Himadri Bagarty (Boudh), 2. Sushree Aalisha Pradhan (Boudh).
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TOP: Prisha Mishra after winning gold medal in kids Indian round on 19 February, 2021.
RIGHT: Piyush Pritam Dixit in action at the State Archery Championship in Cuttack on 19 February, 2021.


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