Gora Ho beats odds to bag gold in Asia Cup Archery Stage 1March 12, 2018
The tribal belt of Jharkhand has nothing in the name of development and access to basic human necessities. One of the poorest regions of the country, it is largely composed of destitute farmers and their families. One boy however has stood out on the world stage.
Gora Ho is the youngest of four siblings in a family of farmers. His 50-year-old father has been paralysed and bedridden for the last two years. He lost his mother in 2016. But his determination is up there with the best in the sport. He was part of the three-member team which beat Mongolia’s Adiyasuren Baasankhuu, Otgonbold Baatarkhuyag and Gantugs Jantsan 27-26 in the tie-breaker to clinch the third gold for India in the team recurve event on Thursday.
Hoo was by coaches at the Dugni Archery Academy in Seraikela six year back. Since then the 17-year-old has won over 100 medals in state and national championships. The coaches are of course impressed by the boy. “This boy is Olympic material,” said one coach. “His natural talent needs to be honed through focused training under the guidance of a recognized foreign coach.”
An Olympic medal is Gora Ho’s dream and he wishes to fulfil it in the 2020 Olympics where the whole nation would be watching.