Indian women archery team reaches Paris, eyes top-3 finish to make Tokyo Olympics

The women's trio, featuring Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari, will have to finish in top-3 to make the last available berth for the Tokyo Olympics.

Deepika Kumari

FILE PHOTO: Deepika Kumari of India during an Olympic Games test event at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field on July 17, 2019 in Tokyo.   -  Getty Images

The Indian women's archery team, led by former World No. 1 Deepika Kumari, reached Paris on Monday to compete in the final Olympic Qualification event on June 20.

The women's trio, also featuring Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari, will have to finish in top-3 to make the last available berth for the Tokyo Olympics which opens on July 23.

"The Indian women archers are going through a mandatory 10-day quarantine. They went ahead of the men's team because of the Olympic qualifiers," Archery Association of India assistant secretary Gunjan Abrol told PTI.

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While the men's team has secured the Olympic berth during the 2019 World Championships, India, so far, has an individual quota among women, achieved by Deepika at the Continental Qualifiers in Bangkok two years ago.

"The men's recurve and compound teams will leave India on Tuesday," Abrol said.

A week after the qualification event, both the teams will compete in the third stage of the World Cup.

The Indian compound team had missed out on World Cup Stage 1 in Guatemala City following its head coach's "false positive report".

In the absence of the compound team, the recurve archers came up with their best ever show in a World Cup, winning three gold medals in April.

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