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Tokyo Olympics: It's now or never for Indian archery

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Atanu Das has to make it count at the Tokyo Olympics

Atanu Das - Time to make himself count
Atanu Das - Time to make himself count

Though this is only his second Olympics, the Tokyo Olympics is a now-or-never opportunity for Atanu Das. The Bengali archer has been a consistent performer. He lost by a narrow margin to Lee Seung-yun of South Korea in the pre-quarterfinals and is the only Indian since Satyadev Prasad to have made it this far.

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However, the archer is more than ready to make amends and prove himself in Tokyo. He is ranked 17th overall, and has been instrumental in many influential victories. After 14 years, he helped India clinch a medal in the recurve team category at the 2019 World Championships.

Atanu also has another chance in the mixed category. This is the first event in the history of archery that will debut at the Tokyo Olympics. If everything goes to plan, his wife and co-archer Deepika Kumari shall be a part of the team. As such, the Tokyo Olympics is a make or break for Atanu Das.

Also read: Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari lead charge to break India's Archery-jinx at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

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Edited by Sandeep Banerjee
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