The feeling of winning a Paralympic medal is slowly sinking in: Archer Harvinder Singh
New Delhi, September 8, 2021
Archer Harvinder Singh is still in a daze because the feeling that he is now a Paralympic medallist is only slowly sinking in.
Harvinder, who became the first Indian archer to win a medal in Olympics or Paralympics in Tokyo, said the realization of the importance of winning a medal at this level happened only when he received a grand response from the sports fraternity in India and internationally.
“The dream that I had for such a long time has finally come true. The feeling of winning a medal at the Paralympics is slowly sinking in. I am very, very happy,” said Harvinder, who scored a perfect 10 in the shoot-off to beat South Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 to earn bronze in the Men’s Individual Recurve Open third-place playoff at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
“I believe that this medal is a big milestone for Para Archery in India. I remember my Asian Para Games gold medal in Indonesia in 2018 saw a big upsurge in the archers’ participation at the National Championships. And I hope this Paralympic medal will give hope and motivation to the differently-abled players to play the sport," he said.
Harvinder, who is hoping the Paralympic medal will fetch him a reputed job, has turned his eyes on next year’s World Para Archery Championships in Dubai (February 18 to 27, 2022) and Asian Para Games in Hangzhou.
“The aim would be to continue the momentum and form. I will also be training to shoot under pressure as the focus now would be doing well in the World Championships and Asian Para Games next year,” added the archer who also has advice for young archers.
“Hard work, hard work, and hard work! Keep working hard, continuing the process, and keep believing yourself and the results will follow,” he said
“I also hope that this medal will inspire the next generation of Para archers to win international medals for the nation,” Harvinder told the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
The archer from Ajitnagar, Punjab, who turned his farm into a practice ground during the Covid-19 pandemic last year, attributed his success to hard work and his training of shooting tie shots and controlling his emotions.
“A lot of things and a lot of people’s contributions have made this medal possible. I have put in a lot of hard work in these last few years that included training for seven-eight hours every day including practising tie shots, breathing exercises, and mental conditioning.
"I have also practised controlling my emotions and stay calm in pressure situations, which has come in handy in Tokyo,” said the 30-year-old who acknowledged the support of his coaches including Gaurav Sharma, PCI, Sports Authority of India, Archery Association of India, and Olympic Gold Quest.