ARCHERY WOMEN’S RE­CURVE Dima­pur, Na­ga­land

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HER STORY The north- eastern state of Na­ga­land has con­trib­uted only one Olympian be­fore archer Chekro­volu Swuro, in the form of Tal­imeren Ao, who cap­tained the In­dian football team in its first of­fi­cial game at the 1948 Lon­don Games. It took 64 long years and, coin­ci­den­tally, for the Games to re­turn to Lon­don be­fore a sec­ond Naga could don In­dian colours. At the age of 13, the burn­ing de­sire to have her pic­ture pub­lished in the news­pa­per drew Swuro to archery. She has been train­ing un­der Korean world cham­pion Lee Wang Woo.“He never treats us as his in­fe­ri­ors and re­spects our strengths, which gives us con­fi­dence,” she says. Sourc­ing equip­ment is the big­gest prob­lem for archers and Swuro feels grate­ful to the Mit­tal Cham­pi­ons Trust for tak­ing care of it.

VAN­TAGE POINT She has spent the past 17 years per­fect­ing her tech­nique, a pre­req­ui­site for a pre­ci­sion sport like archery.

CHAL­LENGE AHEAD She was slated to be part of Bei­jing 2008 Olympics but lost out to bad form. Swuro will be com­pet­ing with the best, against cham­pi­ons like Ok- Hee Yun of Korea, who won two golds at Bei­jing.

OLYMPIC RUN- UP She shot to fame at last year’s World Archery Cham­pi­onship in Turin where she paired with her cur­rent team­mates Deepika Ku­mari and Bom­bayla Devi to score 54 points and win a sil­ver medal. Her team stood No. 2 at this year’s world rank­ing for 52 coun­tries, and is ex­pect­ing a podium fin­ish at the Lon­don Olympics.

“I am aim­ing for gold, be­cause that will in­spire the dreams and as­pi­ra­tions of many more Naga girls.”

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