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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 16:10 IST

Interview/ Meet India's youngest Asian Games 2023 gold medalist, The 17-year-old Archery prodigy 'Aditi Swami'

Aditi Swami clinched the gold medal in the team event and the bronze medal during the individual event at the compound archery of the Asian Games 2023.

Ashish Kapoor
Aditi Swami eyeing a target during Archery
Aditi Swami eyeing a target during Archery | Image:Aditi Swami
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Indian contingent ended their Asian Games 2023 campaign with a record number of medals. Archery was third on the list when it comes to the number of medal count from a particular sport. Indian archers bagged a total of 9 medals which included 5 golds, 2 silvers and 2 Bronze.

3 things you need to know

  • India clinched 28 gold medals during Asian Games 2023
  • Archer Aditi Swami became the youngest Indian to win a medal at the Asian Games
  • Aditi Swami is 17-years-old

READ: Know all about Sheetal Devi, India's armless archer who won a silver medal in the Para-Asian Games 2023

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Republic interviews India's youngest Asian Games gold medalist

Republic Sports got an opportunity to interview India's double medalist at the Asian games and here's how it went:

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Q1: You are the youngest Indian to clinch a medal this year, Take us through your journey.

Aditi Swami: I started Archery a couple of years ago, I used to visit my local sports complex with my father where all the major sporting activities used to take place. I decided to try my hands on archery and instantly liked it and from there on, my journey started.

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Q2: You lost to Jyothi Verman in the finals and after the game, you said that there is no harm in losing to your 'Role Model', any words about how she inspires you or helps you with the training?

Aditi Swami: Jyothi Verman has always been an inspirational figure for me and she has taken Indian archery to the world level. She is always there to support and help me with my training and game-related queries and her work ethics have inspired me.

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Q3: There is no compound event in the Paris Olympics and also its bid for LA 2028 got rejected, so are you willing to change your event?

Aditi Swami: Currently, I am not looking toward LA 2028 at the moment and it is sad that there is no individual compound category in the Paris 2024 Olympics. But, there is nothing in my hand that I can do, I am not willing to change my event and currently focusing on the upcoming events.

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Q4: How has PUMA supported you in your journey and how important role has the brand played?

Aditi Swami: As we all know that Archery is a costly sport and my father had to take a loan so that I fulfill my dreams but it was PUMA who has always supported not just me but most of the Indian athletes who have done well at the recently concluded Asian Games. Without PUMA's support, It would have been difficult for me to sail through this journey.

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Q5: The introduction of a foreign coach to India's Archery team has done wonders, What do you think that foreign coach brings with himself to the table that Indian coaches fail to?

Aditi Swami: There is no such difference between the coaches but I would like to say that our current coach Baek Woong Ki is well experienced and he himself was a top player during his playing days so it is great to be learning and training under such an experienced veteran.

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She became India's first-ever individual world champion at the senior level when she won the Gold in the Compound Women's final at the 2023 World Archery Championships. Aditi Swami was also a double medalist at the 2023 World Archery Youth Championships, winning individual and team golds.

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Published November 21st, 2023 at 13:10 IST

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