AAI to conduct archery competitions for tribals

New Delhi, June 9 To promote sports talent among tribals, the Centre is all set to organise exclusive archery competitions for the community in the country.
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has recently signed an MoU with Archery Association of India (AAI) for conducting the competition for tribal boys and girls.

Five state-level and one national-level archery competitions will be organised during the year 2009-10, a ministry official said.

"The competitions will be organised exclusively for tribal boys and girls,"he added.

The state-level competitions will be held in Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim while the venue for the national-level competition will be decided later. The schedule is yet to be finalised.

Competitors will participate in event using"appropriate and acceptable"bamboo bows, arrows and indigenous accessories.

Technical Committee of the AAI will prepare the comprehensive rules and circulate these well in advance of the events, he added.