Deepika Kumari is the best Indian archer at present for India. She is one of the brightest hopes for an Olympic medal. After a good outing during the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Indians would like to see a repeat performance. Sadly, her success is not being documented in the mainstream media as she deserves all the plaudits.
WITH THE London Olympics scheduled to start from 27th July, the Indian Olympic team is expected to improve on their performance of last year, when they bagged 3 medals, which included 2 bronze and a gold medal. India do have some chance of turning out triumphant in various ports such as Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Wrestling, Women's boxing, and Shooting in the 2012 London Olympics. But, it is the archer from Jharkhand, Deepika Kumari, 18, who has been making headlines with her performances.
Her father was an auto-rickshaw driver and her mother a nurse, so it was not an easy job to choose archery as her sport. She did not belong to a rich family to afford the equipment required in the sport. Her father was not very keen on her choosing Archery as her profession. Initially, she used to practise with bows and arrows that were made out of bamboos. She has indeed come a long way since then.
Now, she is one of the brightest hope for an Olympic medal along with athletes such as, Marykom, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, Saina Nehwal, and R. Sodhi, etc. The archer is one of the best in the world, as her world
number 1 ranking suggests. She is just 18 years of age and has brought laurels to the nation in various competitions. She won 2 gold medals during the Commonwealth Games, 2012. She also won a bronze medal during the 2010 Asian Games. Her latest heroics is her first World Cup medal, which she won in May 2012 in Turkey.
But the young girl from Jharkhand would be under lots of pressure to win a medal. The whole of India would be praying that she brings home a medal. Though she should not take this pressure on the day she goes out to perform, else it might not auger well for the archer.
In a country like India, where cricket rules the roost we need to salute such women athletes, who come from a rural area and defy all odds to be ranked as the best archer in the world. She is a perfect example and role model for people who have to cope with no inadequate, help, and encouragement but can still aspire for an Olympic dream. Kumari would be giving it her all, as she knows what an Olympic medal would do to her career. She can just look at the winners of the last Olympic medal, Sushil Kumar, Abhinav Bindra and V. Singh. They have become well known sportspersons of the country. She also can be the same.