Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 22:
The Union ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has identified Ranjit Naik, a promising archer of Odisha and a student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), as a potential Olympic medal winner and included him in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme for the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
A high-level Identification Committee of the ministry recommended Ranjit’s name along with five other archers in ‘Senior Men’ category. The ministry would provided them with all logistic supports including financial assistance, competition exposure and training, under the scheme for preparation for the quadrennial mega event.
A Bhuyan tribal youth of a poor farmer family of Mayurbhanj district, Ranjit was selected on the basis of his stellar performance at the recent national and international events.
He has represented India in the Senior Recurve Round for World Cup Stage 1 in Shanghai, China; World Cup Stage-II Archery Championship that concluded in Turkey on June 1 this year, Second Asian Grand Prix Archery Championship at Taipei, China in October last year, and World Youth Archery Championship in Wuxi, China in August, 2013, where he had won a silver medal.
Recently, he completed training at Kolkata and proceeded to Patiala for further training.
Congratulating Ranjit for the success, Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder, KIIT & KISS said it was his long-cherished dream that KISS will one day produce Olympians who would bring laurels for the state and the country.
Students of KISS will continue to bring pride for the institute and the State at national and international level in various sports disciplines, he added.
Seven years back, Dr Samanta has first recognized Ranjit’s talent. Since then, he has been grooming him with all amenities, faculties and sophisticated archery equipment, including appointment of a special coach.
Expressing their profound gratitude to Dr Samant, Ranjit’s father Sukura and mother Pramila said it was possible due to his unstinting support and blessings which helped their son to achieve his long-cherished dream.