archer Rai wants to make it count before Asian Games
Experienced archer Tarundeep Rai has described his return to India team as the "toughest" comeback of his career and said he now wants to do well at the World Cup and World Championships this year. The two-time Olympian will be shooting in a World Cup after more than a year since representing India in Medellin Stage 2, before being dropped ahead of Rio Olympics. Rai won the last of his six World Cup team medals at Stage 4, Wroclaw in 2014 and his decline has coincided with the Indian men's recurve team's prolonged lacklustre show. The men's recurve team had a lean 2015 and won a solitary bronze at World Cup Stage 1 Shanghai in a forgettable 2016 when they failed to qualify for Olympics. Shooting with the likes of promising youngsters Atanu Das and Sachin Gupta, who is almost half of his age, the Army veteran is undoubtedly under pressure. But Rai is seeking inspiration from a similar comeback in 2009 when he went on to earn India a historic individual silver at the Asian Games Guangzhou 2010.