Bhopal: Wednesday turned out to be a lucky day for Madhya Pradesh archer Amit Kumar.
The day has brought some good news for the 17-year- archer. In the morning, he received the news of his selection in the national archery team for the World Archery Championship to be held in Poland. Later in the evening, his 10th board exam results were announced.
His cup of happiness overflowed. Yet what he missed was his mother, who succumbed to the second wave of Covid-19.
The son of a truck driver, Amit hails from Mathura. He has been playing for MP archery team since 2016. He came to Jabalpur archery academy on the suggestion of his uncle who lives in MP.
He gave the trial and got selected as a boarding archer at the academy. And now five years later, he is all set to represent India at a World Championship which will be held from August 9 to 15.
Amit was also selected in the India's Olympic camp after finishing fourth at the trials in Jharkhand. He, however, could not make it to the national team for Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Learning from his experiences at the camp, he set out to make things right and made his way into the national team for the World Archery Championship. He has been training under coach Richhpal Singh Salariya.
He had won several medals for the state from different tournaments, including gold at Senior National Archery Championship held in Pune and silver at Mini National Archery Championship in Andhra Pradesh.
His coach cannot stop praising him. Salariya said Amit has been a focussed archer since he joined the academy.
Minister of sports Yashodhara Raje Scindia has congratulated Amit on his achievement and wished him luck for the championship.