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V’wada lad in Indian archery team for Paris Olympics

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Bommadevara Dhiraj, an international archer, has been selected to represent the Indian contingent in the upcoming Olympics in Paris. He left for Paris with the Indian Archery team on Monday. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh and Vijayawada, this will be his first time representing India at the Olympics. His selection follows an impressive performance in the Archery World Cup last year.
Dhiraj, based in Vijayawada City, will compete in the Men’s Recurve event at the Olympics. He will participate in both the team event, alongside Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav, and the individual category. Following in the footsteps of the late Kamineni Eswara Rao from the Krishna district, Dhiraj is the second person from Andhra Pradesh to represent India at the Olympics. Kamineni Eswara Rao participated in weightlifting in the early 80s. Dhiraj received his training at the Cherukuri Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada.
Dhiraj began his archery journey at the age of six when he joined the Volga Archery Academy. Under the guidance of the late coach Cherukuri Lenin, he honed his skills and went on to compete in various state, national, and international events, ultimately earning a spot on the Indian Archery team for the Olympics.
In recognition of his achievement, Cherukuri Volga Archery Academy president and chief coach Cherukuri Satyanarayana, AP Archery Association treasurer Bommadevara Sravan Kumar, Technical Committee Chairman B. Venkata Ramana, and others extended their congratulations to Dhiraj.

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