KUMARI Deepika < Back  
Sport Archery
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 13 Jun 1994
Height1.61 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Atanu Das
Residence Pune, IND
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Hindi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport in Kharsawan, India, before moving to the Tata Archery Academy in 2008.
Why this sport? Her cousin was an archer and encouraged her to take up the sport, with the support of her mother. "As per my mother's memories I never used to miss my target while aiming for mangoes with stones during childhood, and that's why she motivated me in every step of attaining my dreams. Initially my father was a little sceptical about it, but my cousin Vidya who was already an archer at Tata Archery Academy, showed the way."
Name of coach Mim Gurung [national]; Purnima Mahato [national], IND
Training Regime She trains at the Army Sports Institute [ASI] in Pune, India.
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Deepa (World Archery, 16 Jul 2012)
Hobbies Music, food. (worldarchery.org, 13 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol Indian archers Jayanta Talukdar and Dola Banerjee. (tribuneindia.com, 05 Dec 2009)
Injuries She suffered a shoulder injury prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, she participated in the event despite the injury. (inews.co.uk, 07 Mar 2018)

She suffered a wrist injury in March 2014. (indianexpress.com, 31 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "[Archery] is all about how strong one is mentally. So mental training is very important." (telegraphindia.com, 30 Sep 2013)
Awards and honours In September 2017 she received the Young Achievers Award from Vogue magazine. (hindustantimes.com, 26 Sep 2017)

In January 2016 she was presented with the Padma Shri Award in India in recognition of her services to archery. (hindustantimes.com, 26 Jan 2016)

In March 2014 she was named Sportsperson of the Year in India by Tata Steel. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 03 Mar 2014)

In February 2014 she was named Sportsperson of the Year at the India Sports Awards by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry [FICCI], an association of business organisations in India. (news.biharprabha.com, 13 Feb 2014)

She won an Arjuna Award in India in 2012. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 01 Nov 2013; deepikakumari.com, 04 Apr 2013)
Milestones She became the first female archer representing India to win a world junior title when she claimed gold in the compound individual event at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Ogden, UT, United States of America. (indiansportswomen.org, 07 Sep 2011)
Famous relatives Her husband Atanu Das represented India in archery at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he placed ninth in the individual competition. Her cousin Vidya has attended the Tata Archery Academy in India. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Sep 2020; worldarchery.org, 14 Aug 2020; indiatimes.com, 11 Dec 2018; telegraphindia.com, 30 Sep 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, and to become the first Indian archer to win an Olympic gold medal. (indianexpress.com, 10 Mar 2018; inews.co.uk, 07 Mar 2018)
Other information EARLY WEDDING
She married Indian archer Atanu Das in June 2020. The pair had planned to marry following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo but they decided to bring their wedding forward after the Games were postponed until 2021. "He's so supportive. I can't imagine what it would be like to do this without him. We are husband and wife now, but it's really a partnership. We have the same goals, and we're able to focus on them together." (worldarchery.org, 14 Aug 2020)

EARLY DAYS
She was introduced to archery by her cousin Vidya, who attended the Tata Archery Academy in Jharkhand, India. Kumari later enrolled at the institute. "I didn't even know what archery was at first. I'm the eldest of our family and I thought if I left home and provided for myself, it would be one less mouth for my family to have to feed. My parents, on the other hand, argued I was too young to live by myself, that sport was unreliable as a career, and that I should focus on my studies. I would argue with them that I needed to go, I stayed adamant until they relented. At Tata, I started competing more, got better coaches and training, and life also got better as there was proper food and living conditions. Watching my seniors there, who had won various competitions, I would get inspired and motivated to win too." (yourstory.com, 23 Mar 2018; timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 08 Mar 2018; inews.co.uk, 07 Mar 2018)

DOCUMENTARY
In 2017 she featured in a 39-minute documentary called 'Ladies First' that depicted her life story, from childhood to becoming a top archer. (yourstory.com, 23 Mar 2018; indianexpress.com, 10 Mar 2018)