9 months after mind stroke, Pragati in Indian staff

Vinayak Padmadeo

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, March 3

Nine months after a brain stroke almost stopped her budding career, 16-year-old archer Pragati Choudhary has won a place in the Indian women’s compound team.

Pragati, a former Khelo India winner who has won titles in multiple cadet groups, stood third in rankings in the selection trials that concluded today. The trials were held to select the teams for three archery World Cups, the first of which is scheduled to be held in Guatemala in April.

Pragati was hospitalised and operated on in May last year after a sudden stroke. It took her a good two months to start walking again. “I had to go for physiotherapy to start walking again,” Pragati told The Tribune on Wednesday. “In two months, the doctors gave me the go-ahead to start training again. It was difficult to start off but I am happy that today I have won a place in the senior team.”

Split teams?

It is likely that the Archery Association of India (AAI) may have to split the teams as the three World Cups are scheduled to be held back-to-back. By finishing third, Pragati is assured participation in two World Cups. 

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