Indian Archer Pravin Jadhav heads to Tokyo after fighting off poverty

The men’s recurve squad boasts of a young and talented Pravin Jadhav in archery and takes to Tokyo Olympics.

The 25 years old, Pravin was born into a family of daily wage earners in the Satara district of Maharashtra. With limited resources across the board, Pravin’s life was set to be one of struggle and hardships.

However, in 2019, he was handed a seat on a flight to the sporting world’s most prestigious event – The Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“My family’s financial condition is not good and I was aware that I would have to work as a laborer if I didn’t succeed (in archery), which is why I continued and worked hard,” Pravin told PM Modi.

Pravin who teamed up with Atanu and Tarundeep secured silver in the final of the World Archery Championships seeing off sixth-seeded Canada to qualify for the knockout rounds, which helped them secure an Olympic spot. The troika followed that up by ousting Chinese Taipei in the quarter-final, the Netherlands in the semis, and before settling for the Bronze against China.

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