Archer Nishant Kumawat wins silver medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games
September 11, 2015, Apia, Samoa: Archer Nishant Kumawat won the silver medal in Men's Archery Recurve event at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, which ended today. 16-year-old Nishant was in joint lead after the finals and also in the ensuing tie-breaker, where he hit a 9 point score.
Nishant eventually lost out on the gold medal by a whisker, by virtue of his final shot being a few millimetres farther away from the bull's eye than his competitor's. Nishant, who is originally from Rajasthan was encouraged by his brother (also an archer), to take up the sport at a younger age. His promising performances prompted him to take up the sport seriously and he has been thriving ever since.
He usually trains at the Army Sports Institute in Pune and is currently part of the Indian junior squad training at the National Camp under International coach Lim Chae Woong. He was one of two junior Indian archers recently selected for support by the GoSports Foundation under the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme 2015-16.
As part of the Programme, Nishant will be offered mentorship and career guidance, monetary support for his sporting needs and access to top sports science expertise in the areas of strength training, nutrition, physiotherapy, and recovery, with an objective of empowering and encouraging him on his goal to win medals for India at the Asian Games in 2018 and the Olympics in 2020.