Archery camp may be shifted

With the confidence of women archers “shattered” by the recent incident of alleged sexual misconduct and a suicide in the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune, the Archery Association of India (AAI) could shift the venue of the national camp for next month’s World Cup stage III.

The AAI will take a decision in a meeting on Monday with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres in Bangalore and Patiala being the likely venues for recurve and compound camps respectively.

Some women archers, led by Dola Banerjee, have requested SAI to shift the camp, AAI Assistant Secretary Gunjan Abrol said on Saturday.

“A couple of incidents at the Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune have shattered the confidence of the women’s archers,” Abrol told PTI referring to Pratima Boro’s suicide last month and the most recent incident when two archers were caught in a compromising position.

Incidentally, ASI Pune has no separate hostel for women and that was the reason why both men and women archers were staying in the same lodge, though on separate floors.
“Dola and few other women archers have expressed their concern in a letter to the SAI Director General. Their concern is our priority so we will take a decision on Monday,” Abrol said.

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