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Indian archers receive special training in Italy after Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's intervention

278   //    05 Jan 2018, 17:11 IST

Rajyawardhan Rathore

Rajyawardhan Rathore

What's the Story?

Sports Minister Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore came to the rescue of the Indian compound archery team earlier this week. The archery team is preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth and Asian Games which are supposed to be held later this year.

The Indian archery team was due to attend a 14-day training at world-renowned Sergio Pangi Training Center, Italy. The funds for the training had been stuck and Rathore being the Sports Minister, helped to clear the funds.

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The women's compound archery team won the silver medal at the World Championships and will be looking to win gold this year.

Earlier, Rathore had taken matters into his own hands and helped clear the funds which would eventually aid the archers reach Italy for their training.

Heart of the Matter

The training camp in Italy is a crucial step for the Indian archers to do well in the upcoming tournaments in 2018. Rathore took the initiative and decided to clear the funds for the archery team's training. In a tweet, Rathore announced that the fund have been cleared and the archery team is all set to visit Italy.

The Sports Minister wished the team all the best and also thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for helping the athletes out with the visas.

What's Next?

The world-renowned training facility in Italy is just in time before the archery team goes to the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. The men's Indian archery team won the gold medal in the World Cup held in Shanghai last year and will be looking to repeat their heroics again.

Author's Take

It is the duty of the sports minister to come to the aid of lesser-known sports such as archery. It was truly heartening to see Rathore take quick action and ensure that the archery team is in Italy as soon as possible. Sushma Swaraj's prompt response was commendable as well.

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