Deepika Kumari settled for a bronze at the recently-concluded Archery World Cup Finals without a coach. Shedding more in this aspect, star Indian recurve Deepika feels there is no need to rope in a foreign coach ahead of the World Championships to prevent any further complications in preparations.
Deepika stated on the sidelines of first invitational Indian Open Indoor Archery, "I cannot comment on that (no coach given at the World Cup final). We need a national coach but right now in India we do not have too many of them. And the good coaches are busy preparing upccoming players."
On being asked if acquring a foreign coach would solve the issue, Deepika replied, "If we rope in a foreign coach now and he or she will teach us new things, it won't help. We have already worked on a certain technique and now suddenly you will change it, it will take 3-4 years more. We would want to polish our form and work on the mental aspect as well."
The Archery Association of India (AAI) -- acting on directions of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) -- failed to provide a coach to archers Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Surekha and Deepika for the World Cup final last month after Jiwanjot Singh Teja resigned over a Dronacharya Award snub. The cavalier attitude of AAI was seen as a heavy discouragement for archers who qualified for the marquee event after a gruelling battle at the four World Cup stages earlier this year.
The World Archery Championships will be held in June next year and Deepika said it will be the most important competition for them as Olympic quotas will be up for grabs. "We have very little time to prepare for World Championship. If we feel the requirement to play a tournament in between, we will play the World Cup. But 2019 will be a very important year for us. We have not been doing well as a team for the last two years. I hope the trials are conducted well and the team is stronger than before so that we can return (from the 2019 World Championship) with a quota. That is very important," revealed Deepika.
The de-recognised AAI is slated to have its elections in December and only after that can the national calendar be panned out. "The calendar is not out yet as elections are still pending. We can tell only after that," concluded Deepika.
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