The Indian Women recurve archers will be aim to seal an indvidual Olympic quota at the Asian Archery Championships to be held at Bangkok from tomorrow. Having failed to win any quotas at Copenhagen World Championships, this is their penultimate chance to win individual quotas. No team quotas are available at the Asian Championships. India can only earn one individual quota here. They will get one more chance to earn a team quota next year. If India manages to win a team quota, then three archers will automatically qualify for the 64 player draw.
In the Asian Championships, the women from Korea, China and Chinese Taipei will not need Olympic quotas. They have already won team quotas hence they do not need individual quotas. Absence of archers from these three nations, will make the remaining field bit easier for India. Indonesia will also not be competing as they also have won an individual quota. Japan and North Korea will also not compete as they have won individual quotas already
The remaining field without South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, will fight for the three individual quotas. Countries which do not qualify a team,are allowed single quotas only. India are fielding four archers in the recurve category. The top 3 in the rankings round may fight for the Olympic quota competition. The Indian Men who have won a team quota already, do not need any more Olympic quotas.
Deepika Kumari will be heading the Indian challenge along with experienced Laishram Bombayla Devi. Promila Daimary and Ankita Bhakat are the other two members. Bombayla is a veteran of three Olympics, and Deepika has been World No.1 before. It is her nerves at big tournaments which is a cause of worry for India. There has never been a doubt on her talent.