Bulls eye

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

Archery was al­ways as­so­ci­ated with bore­dom for Rahul Ban­er­jee, the 2011 Ar­juna Award win­ner. When he was a child, he would be sent with el­der sis­ter Dola who would prac­tice at the Barana­gar Archery club near his house. Rahul would sit around, fid­get­ing with her equip­ment. Iron­i­cally, this is what paved the way to his cur­rent ac­com­plish­ments: sev­eral gold medals in team events at the Archery World Cup in 2008 and 2009 and the men’s in­di­vid­ual re­curve gold medal of the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2010. His first vic­tory was at the Bengal sub-ju­nior Archery team in1998 at the age of 12 where he won a Gold medal in the national cham­pi­onships.

THE JOUR­NEY He was spot­ted by Lim Chae Woong, the South Korean coach of the In­dian team at the time, who rec­om­mended him to the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshed­pur, Jhark­hand in 2002. “Join­ing TAA was a big risk for a boy from a Ben­gali mid­dle class fam­ily. I had to leave school and there was noth­ing I could fall back on if I failed.” says Rahul. Con­tact: rahulb_08@ya­hoo.com

■ by Partha Das­gupta

sec­ond opinion

“He is cer­tainly one of the best archers in the world and can only get bet­ter” PARESH MUKHER­JEE, SEC­RE­TARY, ARCHERY AS­SO­CI­A­TION OF IN­DIA

“Hunger for suc­cess is the only thing that

keeps me go­ing”

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