Jamshedpur 5th Oct 2021: The Tata Archery Academy (TAA), set up by the Tata Steel Sports Division to harness the archery skills of the tribal population living where Tata Steel operates, turns 25 today.
The Academy was formally inaugurated on 4 October 1996 by Dr. Jamshed J. Irani, former Director of Tata Sons.
Dr. Irani was the Chief Guest during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Academy held at JFC Media Room, Tata Sports Complex in the city on Monday.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Irani congratulated Tata Archery Academy for completing 25 glorious years and wished them many more such milestones.
Chanakya Choudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said, “TAA plays a vital role in nurturing local sporting talent. The academy has been instrumental in finding talent from the interior areas of the country and will continue to invest in the cause of archery and strive for excellence in future endeavors.”
Sanjeev Kumar Choudhary, President of Tata Workers Union, lauded the efforts of TAA for creating amazing infrastructure, which has helped the cadets to win medals in national and international archery championships.
In the 25th anniversary celebrations, Dr. Irani also honored archers Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakta.
Komalika Bari joined the Tata Archery Academy in 2016 and made her mark in international competitions, and won a gold medal in the 2019 World Archery Youth Championship held in Madrid, Spain.
She also won a gold medal in the Indian Women’s Recurve Archery ‘Team Category’ at the Archery World Cup held in Guatemala in 2021.
Meanwhile, Ankita Bhakat had joined TAA in 2014. At the 2021 Archery World Cup, she won a gold medal as part of India’s recurve women’s team, and a bronze medal in India’s recurve mixed team.
At the 2021 Hyundai Archery World Cup, she won the gold medal as part of the women’s team, defeating Mexico 5–1 in the final.
Both the archers have been selected to represent India in the Senior Archery World Championships being held in the USA.