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Tribal boy Gora Ho stars in India’s gold win in Men’s Team Recurve at Asia Cup Archery

Gora Ho, a teenager from the tribal belt of Jharkhand, won gold partnering Akash and Gaurav Lambe in the team recurve event at the Asia Cup. The trio beat Mongolia’s Adiyasuren Baasankhuu, Otgonbold Baatarkhuyag and Gantugs Jantsan 27-26 in the tie-breaker to clinch the third gold for India. Earlier Muskan Kirar and Promila Daimary won gold in Women’s Compound and Women’s Recurve event respectively.

The ‘golden boy’ from hails from Balijhudi village in Rajnagar. Ho, who is the son of a paralytic father and a homemaker mother, was discovered by coaches at the Dugni Archery Academy in Seraikela. Since then, he has won more than 100 medals in sub-junior and junior events at the state and national levels. Gora was awarded a special bow that cost Rs 2.70 lakh last year by the Jharkhand government.

Currently, Gora is enlisted as a cadet at Army Boys Club in Pune. With the medal at the Asia Cup, Ho is dreaming big- aiming for a medal in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Though the 17-year-old has a long way to go before he can realistically fight for Olympic medals, Ho’s coach from the academy, B Srinivas Rao, is confident his ward is meant for the global stage.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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