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Young Mizo archers raise their bows for Rio 2016

Posted on Nov 05, 08:20PM | UNI

Young Mizoram archers have raised their bows, notched their arrows and aimed at the Olympic Games 2016.

"As archery is the game in which Mizoram has earned a name in India and the Olympic Games, Mizoram government has high hopes on the Mizoram archers," tate Sports Minister Zodintluanga said as he inaugurated the first Mizoram archery championship here today.

Emphasising that Mizo children got talents, Zodintluanga challenged them to try to achieve greater heights than that of C Lalremsanga, the lone Olympic archer from Mizoram.

"If C Lalremsanga and H Lalremliana could reach that high without proper training and infrastructure, you sure can reach much higher with all these infrastructures and national coaches to train you," he said.

The Mizoram government has just launched Vision 2016 with an aim to send as many sportspersons as possible to the Olympic Games.

Archery is the first sports discipline to pursue the Mizoram government's vision.

As many as 35 boys and 16 girls are participating in the championship organised by the Archery Association of Mizoram. Winners of the tournament will represent Mizoram at the national championship at Vijayawada (Andra Pradesh) from November 26. Others will participate at the national level rural PYKKA competition at Ranchi.