The name Deepika Kumari is now synonymous with Archery in India. With 37 international medals which include 2 Commonwealth Games gold medals and 5 World Cup golds, Deepika Kumari is one of the greats of Archery and will be going into the Tokyo Olympics ranked number 1 in the world.
She won gold at the Youth World Archery Championship in 2009 and has not looked back ever since. She took 2 gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and got her first World Cup gold at the 2012 Archery World Cup. Deepika Kumari has changed the sport of archery for women in India, and the only medal missing in her collection is from the Olympics, which she will be looking to bag in a few weeks when the Tokyo Olympics begins.
Deepika Kumari’s parents supported her despite struggle
Deepika’s journey to success was a long and hard one and began at a very young age. Kumari was born in Ranchi and her father Shivnarayan Mahato was an autorickshaw driver, while her mother Geeta Mahato was a nurse at Ranchi Medical College.
Deepika’s passion for the sport was evident from the very beginning, however, due to the family’s poor financial situation, she could not get equipment to train properly. This did not deter her, however, as she began to practice with bamboo-made bows and arrows. She would also aim at mangoes with stones to hone her targeting skills.
Deepika’s sister Vidya Kumari was also an archer at the Tata Archery Academy and helped her to start off her archery career. Deepika started at the Arjun Archery Academy in 2005 but a year later changed to the Tata Archery Academy which sparked her passion even further.
Deepika Kumari’s parents are looking forward to watching her perform at the Tokyo Olympics. Her parents said that they are hopeful of her daughter and son-in-law Atanu Das coming back with a medal from the Tokyo Olympics.