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Indian archery teams to target Rio Olympics quota berths in Copenhagen World Championships

New Delhi ,

Indian archery teams would be targeting Rio Olympics quota berths in the eight-day World Championships beginning in Copenhagen today. Six Indian recurve archers who include experienced trio of OlympiansJayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champia would look to give India some reason to rejoice. Even as the team is together for the first time since 2010, their experience would matter the most as the duo of Rahul and Jayanta, who were part of London 2012, will look to complement Champia, who was the only member in the Beijingbound 2008 contingent.

Women's team will bank on former world number one and Olympian Deepika Kumari as it remains to be seen how the Ranchi girl performs as her turn of shooting would be last in the team after the duo of Laxmi Rani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly. But women's team coach Purnima Mahto is confident of winning a team berth.

India need to figure among top 16 teams after two rounds of 70 metre-target shooting. In the elimination round, they have to win at least one match to book a team berth. In individual category, one Indian can win Rio berth if he or she finishes among top 32. However, world championship is not the only qualification event as the archers will have a second chance at the Asian Archery Championship, which will be held in Bangkok in November. The tournament has a record 623 participants from 96 countries vying for top honours in four competitive disciplines.