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India's world champion archers return home to a lukewarm response

India's world champion archers return home to a lukewarm response

by Khelnama News Desk | Others | 27th Aug 2013

Bangalore Aug 27, 2013 India’s triumphant women’s recurve team returned home to a lukewarm response on Tuesday despite winning the World Cup Stage IV crown in Poland.

None of the top officials had received the archers at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, which disappointed them, PTI reported.

The Indian women's recurve team on Sunday had defeated the formidable South Koreans, comprising -- Yun Ok-hee, Ki Bo-bae, and Joo Hyun-jung -- 219-215 to clinch the World Cup Stage IV crown in Poland.

It was the Indian women's second consecutive World Cup title, following their success in Medellin (Colombia) last month.

However, the archery team, comprising Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly, were later felicitated at the resident of President of Archery Association of India (AAI), VK Malhotra, acting president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

"We are a bit disappointed. If we compare with other sports, there are lot of people receiving the players at the airport. This is a very big achievement, we defeated Korea. It would have been great had we received a big welcome but its okay our job is to do better and we will do it," Rimil said.

Malhotra also lavished praise on the women archers for their winning effort.

"It is a great effort by the archers. They have made India proud," Malhotra said.

"We were having the welcome lined up for the team at my residence. Also the trainers had accompanied the team. I didn't want only the officials to be shown on the channels. It should be the archers only, it is their day," Malhotra said.

Asked about rewards, Malhotra said: "That will be discussed with the federation."