Pune: Struggle and hardships are the two factors which the students of Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (ABVKA) come across almost everyday in their life but they face it with a smile which makes their life joyous.
Such is the story of the young archers who hail from Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh who are in the city to take part in the 38th Senior National Archery Championship which commenced at the Archery Outdoor Range, Army Sports Institute on Thursday.
“We like archery that’s why have came here. It is the first time that we are taking part in any national event. Big thanks to the organisers and the group of senior people of our ashram who gave us a chance to perform on such a big platform,”said Parmatma Singh coach and manager of ABVKA in an exclusive interaction with Sakal Times.
Parmatma who is 28 years old, is coaching the group of archers since the last three years, is happy with the way the students are taking interest in the game.
“In our ashram there are 150 students out of which 20 of them practice archery while rest play kho-kho and kabaddi. We don’t have an organised set-up but still we all gel up well and practice twice a day,” informed Parmatma who has come to Pune with the team of eight archers.
Four archers from ABVKA will take part in the Indian round while other four will be a part of the Recurve event which kicks off on Sunday.
“What ever equipments we have, we have got them through fundings. Our ashram runs on funds. Even companies like NTPC limited and NCL provides funds for our equipment.”
This will be the first time for the archers of ABVKA who will be competing with archers from other states.
“Our ashram has annual games where athletes from all other ashrams also take part. In these games our archers have always held a upper hand,” added Parmatma