Laishram Bombayla Devi, Chekrovolu Swuro indespensible for Indian archery team

first_imgDeepika Kumari has justifiably been anointed the new poster girl of Indian archery due to her achievements over the last two years.Her feats in the international arena, which have taken her to the No.1 ranking in the world has captured the imagination of those who follow Indian sport.However, if India wins a medal in the women’s team event at the upcoming London Olympics, the other two members of the trio – Laishram Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro – would have had an equally important contribution.Both of them were part of the national team long before Deepika burst on to the scene. Bombayla represented the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while Chekrovolu competed at the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games.Neither of them has any complaints about Deepika’s rise to fame in a relatively short time. In fact, they are happy at what their teammate has achieved.”We are very pleased at what Deepika has done. She is our junior in age as well as experience, so her feats can only inspire the other youngsters and raise the profile of the sport,” Bombayla told Mail Today after training at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre here.”When we were coming up the ranks, we looked up to Dola Banerjee and Limba Ram. Anybody who can bring laurels for the country should get her due.”Chekrovolu said that the camaraderie and teamwork between the three girls is the strength of the team.”We understand and help each other in any way possible on the archery field. We never hesitate to point out mistakes if we notice any.advertisement”Off the field, we have our own separate lives, but as far as archery is concerned, we function as a unit,” the 29-year-old from Nagaland said. Team competition requires the utmost coordination between the three teammates and they have developed that over the years.”We need to shoot six arrows – two by each member – within 120 seconds. After figuring out the time taken by each, we have come up with a sequence according to which Deepika shoots first, Chekrovolu next and I last,” Bombayla said.Both come from backgrounds in which archery played a major role and hence took up the sport at a tender age.”My mother is an archery coach while my father teaches handball. One of my sisters is an archer while another is a sports medicine expert,” Bombayla said.Chekrovolu has her elder sister to thank for bringing her into the sport. “My sister Vesuzolu has competed with the likes of Limba Ram,” she said. Even her younger brother Thipovoyi Swuro has been in the national reckoning.As Bombayla is the only member of the trio with prior Olympic experience, she will have to put it to good use.”The Beijing Olympics were my first major event. I was very nervous there and it feels very different at an event of such magnitude. But the experience gained in the subsequent four years should come to my aid,” the 27-year-old Manipuri said.The team clinched the Olympic squad with a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Turin, Italy. That performance makes them one of the medal contenders in London.”We are regularly shooting scores between 225 and 231, and repeating that performance should get us in the medal bracket,” Chekrovolu said. “Teams like Korea, china, Chinese Taipei and Japan will be our main challengers.”All that is required now is to keep themselves in the right frame of mind and body to give their best at the Olympics. “We stress a lot on physical fitness. Apart from the usual running and stretching, we practice yoga and other relaxation techniques to keep the pressure of the occasion off our minds,” Chekrovolu said.last_img