Sergio Pagni’s tips to Indian compound teams

Two-time Archery World Cup winner says India has good balance between young and experienced archers.

The men’s compound team is the defending champion with Abhishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan being the two members of the gold-medal winning trio in Incheon.   -  PTI

Two-time Archery World Cup winner Sergio Pagni said the Indian compound teams should not get bogged down by expectations and enjoy shooting when they face South Korea in the finals on Tuesday at the 18th Asian Games.

Both the men’s and women’s compound teams will be under pressure after India failed to win any medal in recurve, in a repeat of their Incheon Asiad flop-show.

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Asian giants Korea is standing in the way of both the men’s and women’s teams in the compound finals on Tuesday and Pagni, who coached the Indian compound archers in the build-up to the Asian Games, says it’s about living in the moment.

“Maybe the statistics are in favour of Korea, but India have a very good balance between young and experienced hands. They can do very well,” the 39-year-old said from Legnica on the sidelines of day one of the European Archery Championships.

“The only thing that I want to remind them is to ‘enjoy’. During a final it is very important to find a way to stay together and enjoy. Enjoying is a very efficient way to get success,” said Pagni, who spent two weeks training the archers at the SAI training centre in Sonipat earlier this month.

The men’s compound team is the defending champion with Abhishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan being the two members of the gold-medal winning trio in Incheon.

The women’s compound team is currently World No. 1 with Jyothi Surekha Vennam as the sole member of the bronze-medal winning team in 2014.

Pagni didn’t want to predict any result, saying it will come down to mental strength.