Deepika Kumari will compete in the matched pairs event at the Tokyo Olympics with Pravin Jadhav.

Deepika Kumari

Deepika Kumari

Deepika Kumari will compete in the Olympic Games' archery mixed pair event alongside Pravin Jadhav, just after squad chose the novice over her husband, the much more skilled Atanu Das, based on performance in Friday's preliminary stage. India's greatest medal chance in archery, where the country has yet to earn an Olympic medal, is the mixed pair category, which will make its Games premiere over on Saturday.

India was ranked ninth in the mixed pair category based on the collective points of Jadhav and Deepika Kumari, who achieved ninth earlier in the day.India had a choice to bring Das and Deepika entrants, who won the Paris World Cup recently together, but Jadhav was chosen by the Federation.“Simply put, we picked Jadhav based on his current form, it’s no rocket science,” Archery Association of India official Virendra Sachdeva, who is accompanying the team in Tokyo, told PTI.The first Indians to participate in almost the same sport at the Olympic Games are Das and Deepika, who tied up their wedding last year.“We could have also chosen Rai being the most experienced.

We decided to give Jadhav the opportunity based on his performance in the ranking round.”“Jadhav is a new talent, while Deepika has got the experience. Hopefully they will do well together. “Despite tremendous pressure, the players are trying to give their best,” he said.After defeating Chinese Taipei, India will almost certainly face top seed Korea in the quarterfinals. The Indian combination of Das, Jadhav, and veteran Tarundeep Rai ended in the bottom half of the men's individual ranking round of the Yumenoshima Park, causing dismay.



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