Archer Muskan all smiles after super show in Asian Games

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2018 12:05:10


 

By Ashish Rajput,


18-year-old archer Muskan, who bagged silver medal in Asian Games 2018, shared experience of her victory run with ‘The Hitavada’


I never thought of becoming a player, but an advertisement for selection in the academy attracted me and changed my destiny

 

“Opening of archery academy at my home town changed the course of my life. I never thought of becoming a player, but an advertisement for selection in the academy attracted me and changed my destiny. It was the proudest moment of my life when I stood on the podium, sharing silver medals with my team mates while carrying national flag in my hands to represent India in Asian Games, Jakarta. It is all due to my coach, who steered my career and I have played 8 international and 5 national competitions in a short span of two years,” said Muskan Kirar, Indian archer.


The 18-year-old archer Muskan, who bagged silver medal in Asian Games 2018, shared experience of her victory run with ‘The Hitavada’. She dedicated her achievement to Richpal Singh Salaria, coach of Indian team in Asia Cup and Chief Coach of Madhya Pradesh State Archery Academy.


Muskan was overjoyed when she was informed about semi-final match against Chinese Taipei in Asian Games. She informed about breathtaking match in which both the teams scored equal points till round 3 and they were required to score 30 points in the final round. Their coaches Richpal Singh Salaria (Jabalpur) and Jeevanjot Singh (Punjab) boosted their morale and guided to give their 100 percent till the shooting of last arrow. It was just a miracle for them as they routed the strongest team in last quarter of final round by the lead of only 3 points (225-222).


Muskan informed that she never played any game before her selection in the State Archery Academy. She just saw an advertisement in a newspaper inviting application for selection of players in State Archery Academy at Ranital Sports Complex in 2016. She expressed her desire of participating in the trials, which was supported by her parents. It was a complicated task to appear in physical fitness trials as she had sustained knee injury on right leg some months before the trials. She was selected in the academy on the basis of her dedicated efforts.


Mentioning about her success run, Muskan says, “Right after starting my training, I had won medals in district, state and national competitions. I got a vision for selection in Indian team and winning medal in international competitions. It was hard to spare equal time for training and studies, which forced me to take a drop from class XII in 2016-17 at Kendriya Vidyalaya, 1 STC. Then I took admission in Joy School, but failed in attending regular classes due to competitions and busy training schedule and lost another academic year to appear in higher secondary examination. Coach, Richpal Singh always guided me the right way and provided best training, which lead to her success in Asian Games.” She informed about her next target of winning gold medal in World Archery Championship-2019 in Netherlands and completing her higher secondary education.