Jamshedpur: Tata Steel organised a rural archery tournament at the JRD Archery Ground, Jamshedpur, on March 25, 2018. Sourav Roy, chief, CSR, Tata Steel, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Ankita Bhakat, who bagged Gold medal in mixed team World Archery Championship in Rosario, Argentina (2017); Archer Prachi Singh; Purnima Mahto, coach, Tata Archery Academy; L Murthy, Former Secretary, Jharkhand Archery Association (JAA), and Amit Tirkey, head, Empowerment, Tata Steel Rural Development Society were present on the occasion.
A total of 175 budding archers, both boys and girls, from the hinterland of Jharkhand and Odisha participated in Under-14 and Under-16 categories of the tournament’s finals. The sixth edition of the tournament-cum-selection trials, which started on January 4, 2018, drew over 3,000 budding archers, mostly hailing from Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) communities.
A total of 50 archers, including the winners and runners-up, who performed impressively in the finals will undergo training at archery camp to be organised by Tata Archery Academy, which has produced archers of National and International repute.