Archers look to go one step further

Kathmandu, August 12

At a time when most of the athletes have gone abroad for foreign training, archery national team members are preparing for the 18th Asian Games at the Nepal APF Firing Range in Halchowk.

The players are happy with the training facility and believe they can better the previous best showing in the regional sporting extravaganza slated for August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

Gyanu Awale, who was included in the Asian Games squad just a month ago, looked confident of faring well in Indonesia. “The preparations for the Asian Games are going well and we are satisfied with the way the association is handling the training,” said Awale. “My main target in Indonesia is to break the national record,” added Awale, who has been scoring up to 323 points from single set of arrows (36) in training. Her personal best is 306 scored on her way to winning the maiden mixed team event bronze medal with Tilak Pun Magar in the third South Asian Archery Championship in Dhaka earlier this year.

Nepal team captain Min Prasad Gauchan said the players were improving day by day. “We are hitting around 500 arrows every day apart from undergoing physical session. The preparation part is satisfactory and we are looking forward to perform well in the Asian Games,” said Gauchan, who won the NSC Championship with the personal best score of 643 points, and has been scoring up to 658 in training.

Team coach Shiwakoti rued the little support from the government. “We could have done even better had the National Sports Council helped us in training and other facilities. We were not allowed to go to South Korea or Taiwan for training and we did not have facility here to conduct the close camp,” said Shiwakoti. “But we managed this venue and the training is going good so far. We are happy to see the improvement in the players and we are counting on them,” he added.