Major Sahil wins bronze, silver medal in archery

Mubarak Ansari
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Pune: An Army Paralympic Sports Node has been established at the Bombay Engineer Group & Centre (popularly known as Bombay Sappers) in Khadki. The node, which is about a year old, has got medalist in the form of Major Sahil Gautam of the 85 Armoured Regiment.

The paraplegic officer, representing the services, won Bronze and Silver medals in the ranking round at the 2nd National Para Archery Championship held at Hyderabad. The officer missed the Silver medal by a slim margin scoring 658 out of maximum 720 points.

Pune: An Army Paralympic Sports Node has been established at the Bombay Engineer Group & Centre (popularly known as Bombay Sappers) in Khadki. The node, which is about a year old, has got medalist in the form of Major Sahil Gautam of the 85 Armoured Regiment.

The paraplegic officer, representing the services, won Bronze and Silver medals in the ranking round at the 2nd National Para Archery Championship held at Hyderabad. The officer missed the Silver medal by a slim margin scoring 658 out of maximum 720 points.

Maj Gautam, who is paralysed below the waist due to a road accident, within a short span of just 9 months, has excelled at the sport and secured a medal in his first ever national event. Maj Sahil is a part of the Army Paralympic Sports Node. He has been training with the elite archers of the army at Army Sports Institute (ASI) at Pune.

Maj Sahil was injured in an accident in November 2013. He was bedridden for about three years. But he didn’t give up and decided to begin a career in archery and joined the ASI in November last year. He practises for 5 hours every day.  

On Saturday, he had won a bronze medal and on Sunday, he got the silver medal. Maj Sahil said that now he will prepare for World Para Archery Championship to be held in China in September this year.

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