Guatemala City: The Indian recurve archers had a blazing start on their return to the World Cup after nearly two years as the women’s team topped the qualifications after a super show from Ankita Bhakat and Deepika Kumari in the opening stage here.
Atanu Das grabbed the second spot behind world No. 1 Brady Elison to propel the men’s team to third place. India have qualified straight to the quarterfinals in the men’s and women’s team events besides the mixed section in which Das and Deepika will be in action together for the first time after their marriage last year.
The duo will take on France in the mixed team quarterfinals. The top-seeded women’s team will face hosts Guatemala in the last-eight. The men’s team will take on either Spain or Guatemala.
The Asian Championship in November 2019 was the Indian archers’ last international appearance, albeit under the aegis of World Archery after the national federation was suspended. “It’s been a while since we played any International tournaments because of Covid-19… So it’s a very good tournament, very good weather, and I really enjoyed shooting,” said Das.
Pro League: India-Britain matches postponed
Lausanne: The FIH Hockey Pro League matches between India and Great Britain, scheduled for May 8-9 in London, were today postponed following the UK government’s decision to add India to the travel ‘red list’. “FIH, Hockey India and Great Britain Hockey are monitoring the evolution of the situation in the hope of rearranging these matches at a later date,” a FIH release said.
India will still travel to Europe in May to play Pro League matches against Spain (May 15-16) and Germany (May 22-23), while Great Britain will host Germany (May 12-13), USA (Women, May 22-23) and Spain (Men, May 22-23).
The UK government added India to its Covid-19 travel ‘red list’ on Monday. From April 23 onwards, non-residents will not be able to travel to the UK from India. PTI