The senior recurve and compound teams of Indian archery were not able to board the flight to Medellin, Colombia. Due to this, the Indian contingent was forced to pull out of stage one of the World Cup that begins on Monday.
The 23-member squad was slated to board the Delhi to Amsterdam, Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM 872) early Saturday morning but because of "operational issues", the flight was delayed by two hours 53 minutes. Because of the delay, team India had no other choice other than skipping the event.
“There was no alternate flight available for such a big contingent. We tried different options but it was not possible to reach before Monday. Now we have to return to our camp in Pune,” said women’s coach Purnima Mahato in a conversation with PTI.
According to sources, there was a delay in the sanction for the trip from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as the flight booking was done pretty late, close to the schedule of the event.
The selection was already done in advance by the newly-elected Archery Association of India, announcing the A and B teams in March on the sidelines of the senior nationals in Cuttack.
Indian archer Deepika Kumari, who won at World Cup 2018 in Salt Lake City, will not be able to defend her individual title because of this unfortunate miss.
Here's the squad breakup:
Compound Men's: Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Bhagwan Das, and Aman Saini.