Women archers want national camp shifted out of Pune

Women archers want national camp shifted out of Pune

With the confidence of women archers "shattered" by the recent incident of alleged sexual misconduct and a suicide in the Army Sports Institute in Pune, the Archery Association of India 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 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 today.

"A couple of incidents at the Army Sports Institute 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.

This maybe one of the reasons why the women archers want the camp to be shifted out of Pune.

"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 Monday," Abrol said
Abrol further said they were looking for a right place as Pune was perfect for the national camp.

"It's difficult to find a place as there have been some problems," he conceded.

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