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PARIS: Sidelined after the debacle of the Tokyo Olympics, the star Indian archer Deepika Kumari is set to make a return to India in the next World Cup Stage 3 from here on Tuesday.
Exactly a year after winning an individual gold medal here at the same tournament last year, the 28-year-old world number three will be looking to redeem herself after failing to medal at the Tokyo Games.
The fact that the Olympics are scheduled in two years in the same place will be an added motivation for Deepika, who also won a silver medal in the World Cup final here in 2013.
After returning empty-handed from her third Olympic campaign last year, Deepika watched her form plummet with her husband and the country’s top male archer, Atanu Das, and failed to make it into the Indian team.
The duo were also unable to qualify for the Asian Games squad, which was later postponed as the Archery Association of India held a new test of the top eight archers for Stage 3 of world Cup.
Previously, the same team was to participate in both World Cup Stage 3 and the Asian Games, but after the postponement, Deepika and Pravin Jadhavwho was in the top 8 of the previous test, had a new opportunity and won.
Das, however, missed out on finishing outside the top 8 in the previous try.
Deepika made the cut at the expense of Komalika Bari, while Tokyo Olympic mixed team partner Jadhav ousted Sachin Gupta to complete the World Cup Stage 3 roster.
Deepika was last seen in action for India in the Yankton World Cup Final in September 2021, where she finished fourth.
The compound section also saw the return of World Championships silver medalist Jyothi Surekha Vennam who also failed to make the Asian Cup squad earlier this year. .
World number 3 Jyothi last competed at the Asian Championships in Dhaka in November last year, where she won an individual gold medal. She returned in place of Raginee Makoo.
Sangampreet Bisla too made a comeback ousting veteran Rajat Chauhan in the compound section.
India Team:
Recurve Men: Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar, Pravin Jadhav and Neeraj Chauhan.
Recurve Women: Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Ridhi Phor and Simranjeet Kaur.
Compound Men: Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini, Mohan Bhardwaj and Sangampreet Bisla.
Compound Ladies: Jyothi Surekha VennaPriya Gurjar, Avneet Kaur and Muskan Kirar.


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