Why did India Settle for an Unfair Silver in Archery?

A couple of days ago, the Indian archery team comprising of Rajat Chauhan, Abhishek Verma and Aman Saini had to unfortunately settle for silver in the archery men’s compound team event, eventually losing to South Korea in the final. The winner was decided on the basis of maximum numbers of bulls-eyes.

Why sad story?

Well, the Indian team took the first set 60-56 and then lost the second set 54-58. The Indians came back strong in the third and final set, to out score their Korean opponents 58-56. However, the final set was eventually taken by the Koreans, winning 59-57. Thereafter, the match was forced to go into the shoot-off stage, as the overall scores were level at 229-229.

Both India and South Korea were tied even after the shoot off at the GBK – Archery Field in Jakarta on Tuesday. With the shoot-off ending in a tie, most would expect another shoot-off or even a sudden death stage to decide a winner is a real pressure situation. However, the rules were slightly unfair to the eventual losers, at the 2018 Asian Games.

Indian archery team

South Korea were finally declared the winners, as they had more bulls-eyes during the game. That’s how the final winner was decided, and India had to settle for silver. While this became India’s 43rd overall medal a couple of days back (now past 50) and silver is still a pretty good medal, it’s unfortunate that India had to settle for runners-up after being as good as their opponents.

Maybe, for future Asian Games tournaments, the organizers may consider a change in the bulls-eye rule to a sudden death, as it was really heart-breaking for Team India, who were so near yet so far after having to settle for silver. Nonetheless, we congratulate the team of Chauhan, Verma and Saini for this brilliant effort.

This archery event took place on the 28th of August and since then, India have added several gold medals to their tally at the 2018 Asian Games, with some of the biggest being Neeraj Chopra winning gold in the men’s javelin throw and Jinson Johnson winning gold in the 1,500 meters men’s race.

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