Bezawada seems to be raining with history makers. After Dolly Shivani and Vennam Jyothi Surekha, 21 year old Ch Jignas, promising archer trained from Volga Archery Academy has been chosen to represent India in the World Cup Stage III to be held at Poland from August 5th on wards. The young lad from Indian Army zone has also qualified for the Asia Cup to be held in Iraq from October.
Jognas began his stint with archery from 2002 to 2009 under the mentoring of the late international coach, Ch. Lenin. He is a permanent member of the Indian compound team but after a fall resulting in a hand fracture while competing in 2012 put a temporary halt on his progress.
“I have recovered well. I am also gradually regaining my consistency,” says Jignas, who won the Commonwealth Games silver medal for the country in 2010. He was also the youngest to play in senior archery world cup held in Croatia in 2010, while sixteen years old. 2015 proved to be a mixed bag for Jignas, who took part in World Cup Stage I and Stage II at Shanghai and Turkey, with not much luck.
Trained by the Army Sports Institute at Pune, Jignas is constantly updating his bow and other accessories to meet the requirements of the modern-day archery.
He spends four months at the national camps preparing for the national duty and represents Indian Army as Nayak Subedar.