Kolkata: A 14-year-old archer from Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) had a close shave after an arrow pierced through the right side of her neck during a practice session on Monday morning.
Terming it “accidental”, SAI regional director M.S. Goindi said the arrow pierced through the collarbone of Fazila Khatun, but she is “out of danger” and recovering at the hospital.
“A stray arrow hit hear near the collarbone. Luckily it’s not pierced through the wind pipe and she is now out of danger,” Mr Goindi said.
“The girl was taking rest at a shade a few metres away from the target when the misfired arrow hit her. We have spoken to her family members and the girl has also apologised realising that she should not be sitting close to the target,” Mr Goindi said.
Calling for a detailed inquiry into the incident, Mr Goindi said, “There’s a strict protocol about shooting as when archers go to collect the arrows there is a ceasefire,” Mr Goindi said adding that such incidents would not happen again.
A promising recurve archer, Fazila was inducted as one of the 23 SAI trainees after a trial and district competition earlier in July....