Kolkata, 10 May, 2012
18 year old ace archer Deepika Kumari, who has won her first World Cup Medal in Archery for India last week will be in Sikkim to practice for London Olympics.
Talking to media persons in Kolkata today she said, “I am not running behind the gold medal but yes I am practising hard to accomplish success so that I don’t have to return empty hand.”
When asked how she is preparing for London Olympics, she said: “The training is as usual but the difference is we are going to Sikkim to practice as Kolkata weather is not suitable for practice. Better weather and appropriate wind matters a lot.”
Speaking about her personal expectation, she said: “Now I have become more serious about the game. I am moving with a positive mindset. From my side it will be 100 percent.”
Deepika had won her first Gold Medal in 31st Junior National Game in Jamshedpur in 2008.
The same year she had also participated in Cadet And Junior World Championship in Antalya, Turkey- her first in international circuit.
In four years, in May 2012 she snatched the gold medal defeating mighty opponent South Korean Lee Sung in World Cup Stage II.
Deepika is training under the patronage of Purnima Mahato at Tata Archery Academy who herself is a very successful archer.
Mahato has won gold medal in International Archery Championship held in Bangkok in 1993.