Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Ace Indian archer Atanu Das has promised to put up his best performance in Olympics asserting ‘Tokyo will be the best one, I will be a lot more prepared’
Talking to paddler Mudit Dani on the latter’s online live chat show ‘In the Sportlight’, Atanu said he is confident of a successful show at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The archer admitted that the setback he at Rio Olympics helped him reassess the way he trained and approached his game.
“I was very excited for my first-ever Olympics in Rio. Unfortunately, I lost in the quarters. I was very disappointed after that loss. I didn’t want to talk to anyone for the first two months. I learned a lot from that loss,” he said
“Now I’m preparing very hard for the Olympics. Rio 2016 was my first one but Tokyo will be the best one, I will be a lot more prepared,”
The Asian Championship bronze medallist took up archery in 2006 when he was 14 years old and soon made the headlines after producing impressive performances at national as well as international level.
He recently tied the knot with star archer Deepika Kumari recently. When asked to name the winner if he plays against wife Kumari, Das anticipates a strong contest but feels he will hold an edge over her.
Atanu , currently training at ASI Pune, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics along with compatriots Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav in the men’s recurve team event with an impressive show at the 2019 World Championships.