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Reaching her goals, archer Simranjeet Kaur is aiming for an Olympic spot

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<p>Growing up in Abohar, Punjab, Simranjeet Kaur, one of the three members of the women’s recurve team that won bronze at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, recalls distinctly an unusual night. Under the guidance of her father, she didn’t shoot as many arrows as she usually does during an evening training session. She went to bed with the intention of making up for it the next day.</p>
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<p>“Even though it was 9 p.m., I wasn’t sleeping.” I got up at ten in the morning, shot till one and a half in the morning, and finished my set,” Simranjeet recollected. That’s when I finally fell asleep.</p>
<p>Simranjeet, 25, has always been naturally dedicated. But desired outcomes weren’t always achieved. That was before she ended a few seasons devoid of medals with a World Cup team silver a year ago. This year, she has won two of them: the bronze in Hangzhou and the bronze in Paris at the World Cup stage. After 13 years, India won its first medal in the Olympic recurve sport at the Asian Games with Ankita and Bhajan Kaur.</p>
<p>The two team gold have further strengthened Simranjeet’s resolve to take advantage of the few chances left for a team berth at the Games next year, after a dismal quarterfinal loss at the Berlin World Championships that gave tickets to the Olympics in Paris.</p>
<p>As a team, we returned to work after the World Championships with sorrowful hearts. These two medals are thus extremely important to us since they might be the first step. The medals give us the confidence to go for our two remaining opportunities to qualify for the Olympics,” she said in Mumbai.</p>
<p>It also rekindled Simranjeet’s confidence in her skills. She thought she was stuck in a “chain of losing” for a few years before 2022, but she eventually found a way out of it.</p>
<p>Her attitude had changed in many respects. Before realizing that other factors, such as mental training, strength and conditioning, food, and other factors, came into play, Simranjeet believed that hard effort alone would be sufficient for success at the top level. She was able to get them on a previous visit to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai this year. She was in the city this week for her periodic examination, and she lost weight, going from around 35 to 27 percent fat, while her muscular mass grew. She made the mental decision to cease listening to extraneous voices in the meantime.</p>
<p>“I had challenging times for the three years before these last two years. Both technically and in my strength training, I was having trouble. Even though I was working hard, I wasn’t seeing any results. “Bahut time ho gaya, kitna aur try karegi” (It’s been long, how much more will you try) is what other people would say. However, if my father had to say anything about me, it would be that I never give up. That’s how I persisted. And because of those setbacks, I want to do more than I have in the previous two years, she said.</p>
<p><strong>at-home instruction</strong></p>
<p>Simranjeet’s career has been supported by her wrestling father. As a school teacher by trade, he recommended archery to his athletic daughter after she had tried table tennis and taekwondo in the classroom since it was an individual activity. The two would go to the neighboring ground to work out right after school. Outside their house, they even established their own range. We were the only ones on the ground firing arrows throughout the intense heat waves that occurred in June and July. People believed us to be insane,” she said.</p>
<p>Simranjeet, who received her training at home, was stationed at SAI Sonepat for a time before deciding to go back to her favorite training location. It has benefits and drawbacks. The main drawback is that we often feel most at ease when we are at home. Nevertheless, I don’t feel like I’m in my comfort zone if I push myself sufficiently. Furthermore, mental clarity is crucial to our game. You can focus on your particular weaknesses while you’re at home because you’re psychologically at ease,” the woman remarked.</p>
<p>Her regimens now include mental training on a more regular basis. After initially struggling with it, Simranjeet has learned the skill of “keeping your mind indulged throughout” with the assistance of a sports psychologist. She just entered the world of reels and has plans to cut down on her screen time and take a break from social media for the next several months.</p>
<p><strong>She said, “I want to give this phase everything I’ve got.”</strong></p>
<p>This phase will involve two additional team attempts at the Paris quota, via a few qualifying events in March and April, in addition to the domestic Olympic trials, when team dynamics may shift. The Indian women’s team now ranks eighth in the world; nonetheless, Simranjeet views this as her “last option.” There is also the ranking path to the Games.</p>
<p>“Our goal is to obtain the qualification,” she said. And I have no doubts whatsoever about arriving. We were a relatively new squad last year, the three of us. Now that we know what to do,</p>


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