Jamshedpur: The Railway Ministry is likely to allow its archers to participate in national meets conducted by Archery Association of India (AAI).
Nearly a year ago, the Railway Sports Promotion Board in a circular, dated March 22, had asked archers employed with the Railways not to participate in any tournament conducted by AAI following its de-recognition by the Government of India.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports said in a clarification, dated December 11, that the withdrawal of government recognition to AAI did not prohibit participation of archers in national meets organised by it.
It said that meritorious archers who fulfilled the eligibility for consideration for appointment to Group C and erstwhile Group D central government posts, need not be denied opportunity.
Archers were also not to be denied incentives such as special increments, out of turn promotions.
The letter said that since the withdrawal of government recognition to AAI was not to hurt sportspersons belonging to archery, the Railway Ministry must restore the facility of providing railway concessions to them to participate in National Archery Championships, National Ranking Tournaments and Selection trials.
SER wins 5 of 6 titles in Railway Archery Championship
Kolkata: South East Central Railway have clinched five of the six titles in the fourth All India Railway Archery Championship.
Laxmi Rani Majhi of SECR secured a double in recurve women's individual and recurve women's team. Her team also won in the compound men's team, compound men's individual, and compound women's individual to make a spectacular six that concluded at the Oval Ground in Chittaranjan yesterday.
Rahul Banerjee of the Eastern Railway continued his slump to finish third in recurve individual behind Mengal Singh Champia and Raju Adonda.
There were setbacks for Olympians Dola Banerjee and Laishram Bombayala, the two Eastern Railway archers, who finished second and third in the women's recurve individual that was won by Laxmi Rani Majhi of SECR, according to information reaching here.