Thane archer Rupesh Pawar won the bronze at the 4th Rural games held at the Jepiaar Engineering college, Chennai from 19th to 21st January 2018. Participating in his first rural games, Rupesh won the bronze in the 30m category shooting on the Indian wooden bow. The bronze was decided on the tiebreaker.
Rupesh works at TCS, Thane and has been pursuing archery for a year. He practices at the TS Archery Academy, Thane at the Mawli Mandal school grounds under coach Pankaj Athawale.
It was sheer luck that Rupesh decided to participate in the rural games. His colleagues From TCS were about to leave for Chennai on 16th January when one of them could not turn up. Rupesh was asked if he would like to participate in the archery event, to which he reluctantly said yes. After getting all clearances from his office, Rupesh traveled for 2 days to reach Chennai.
He said that he was extremely nervous as there were archers from all over the country as well as from the Army Training Institute. With the heat and tough competition, Rupesh fought well and was told that he would have to play a tiebreaker for the bronze medal. In the 1 arrow tie breaker, Rupesh scored 8 while his opponent from Kerela could shoot a 5.
Rupesh was delighted to win his first medal in archery since he started in 2017. Coming from a humble background, Rupesh comes from a family of policemen. His family was also elated with the news.
Rupesh dedicated this medal to his family, his employers TCS and the TS archery academy. Rupesh wants to move to the compound bow soon.
TS Archery runs archery training at various centers in Thane city and Ghodunder road.
The Rural games had 37 disciplines in all in various age categories. Padma Bhushan Mahabali Satpal Ji is the President of Rural Games Federation of India.