Excelsior Sports Correspondent
KATRA, Sept 14: Rakesh Kumar and Jyoti Baliyan, two Para archers of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’s Sports Complex who qualified for Tokyo Paralympics-2021 were felicitated by Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) at SMVD Sports Complex, Katra.
Rakesh put up a good fight in the high-intensity encounter against the strong Chinese archer in the quarter final compound Archery Section of the Tokyo Paralympics games but lost marginally, whereas Jyoti Baliyan in the women’s individual open ranking round finished at 15th position. The duo also made it to quarter finals of the mixed team event but after a tough fight lost in a close match with the Turkish players.
Lieutenant Governor who is also the Chairman of SMVDSB congratulated both the sports persons for their performance, whereas Dr Ashok Bhan, Member Shrine Board and Chairman of Governing Council of Shrine Board’s Sports Complex also extended his congratulations to both the participants for representing the country in the Tokyo Paralympics.
“It is a matter of pride that players nurtured at SMVD Sports Complex are putting Jammu & Kashmir on the world map,” said CEO SMVDSB. The SMVDSB Archery Academy is accredited under Khelo India by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
Meanwhile, the CEO also inaugurated two electronic shooting ranges, one for rifle and one for Pistol.