Dear Archers, Parents and Archery enthusiasts, greetings from TAAT.
While it was decided to keep the celebrations of 35 years of modern archery in Tamilnadu, the 16th anniversary of the TAAT and the 7th state meet low key due to the highly unfortunate incarceration of our most hon' and loved' people's Chief Minister AMMA, the 7th state archery meet conducted on 5th October 2014 by The Archery Association of Tamilnadu (TAAT) was a stupendous success. Over 200 archers from 18 districts participated with black cloth badges to protest against the 'Wrong & Malicious' judgement against our sports loving chief minister.
The playgrounds at Dr. MGR Janaki college (formerly Satya studio) was completely transformed into an archery arena with hundreds of archers with their equipment dotting the landscape like honeybees around a comb. Many archers had arrived the earlier day and were practising to get a feel of the environs. The entries were open to any archer in Tamilnadu affiliated to the 17 TAAT recognised district units. Archers from the 15 districts where the process of association formation is still going on were instructed thru our webpage to join the 10 day CAS (Continuous Assessment Selections) at Chennai where the archers were trained and assessed daily for consistent scores. Successful archers were allowed to participate. Though through several meetings the Organizing committee headed by the tournament chairman Mr. Kuldeep and the Judges Commitee Chairman Mr. C.S. Manian promised that the event would start by 7 sharp, there was a huge delay of 1 hour. However they very ably managed to speeden up and cope with the pressing schedule and finished it right in time.
Thank you Kuldeep and Manian. Mr. Arivarasu chairman of the Field of Play, had done a fantastic job in the preparation of grounds and facilities and had very aptly reorganised the field for longer and shorter distances without having to shift buttresses.
Mr. Kumar, made excellent arrangements with the food and it's distribution and Ms. Dhana, chairman of hospitality did a commendable job taking care of the needs of all archers and officials.
There were a total of 216 entries from 18 districts. Competitions were held in four divisions. Recurve, Compound, Indian and Intuitive.
There were further divisions in Recurve and Compound called TAAT Recurve and TAAT Compound for trainee beginners who shot at 18 mts. There were two sub divisions in the intuitive section called 'Western Intuitive' and 'Indian Intuitive'. Junior Archers below 14 years shot at 6 mts and Seniors shot at 12 mts.
Thank you Mr. Selva Ganapathy, Chairman of Administration Committee for the flawless online registrations, tabulations and results.
Mission control Ramkumar rocked as usual!
Our patrons at MGR Janaki college had given several facilities to use making the event most convenient for our archers, officials, relatives of archers and visitors. Actually the whole place looked more like a national championship. While the earlier state meets were a big media event with several channels and newspapers giving wide coverage, this event was a media disaster with none covering it. It was due to a communication gap in updating the media list. I take full responsibility for the lapse as I had taken the responsibility from the Public Relations Commitee chairman Mr. Sundar but could send work on it. The next time we will be more careful. The alternative shooting medal matches in the Indian, Recurve and Compound matches were cliff hangers with many a result decided by 'coin toss!'
Shri. Kumar Rajendran, leading advocate and our patron distributed medals to all the winners.
I thank all of you for your active participation and look forward to a bigger 8th state meet next year with all 32 districts participating.
Certificates for meritorious participation (score of above 60%) and for the medal winners in the Recurve, Compound and Indian will be sent by first week of Nov after cross checking the tabulations.
There won't be any certificates for other state categories (Intuitive and TAAT bows).
I wish all the archers who have been selected for the Senior Indian, Recurve and Compound nationals to be held at New Delhi (11th to 19th Oct at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium) all the very best. The realistic targets for them have been explained to them well. Good luck archers.
Train hard ... Train mad!
Founder, General Secretary and Chief State Coach - TAAT.
Conducted by so called field archery association of chennai district an inter CBSE school meet for indoor field archery championship 2014.
Information and warning!
Parents of all participants of the above mentioned competition are herby informed that the above competition is not authorised and all students participating in this tournament will be banned from participating in any mainstream archery competitions conducted in the district, state, country and world.
The world archery is the only body in the world to authorise and conduct any archery tournament in the world which includes target archery, field archery, clout, indoor archery, world championships, world cups, Asian Grand Prix, Asian games archery, common wealth games archery and all tournaments leading to, and the Olympics.
World archery has affiliated and authorised only Archery Association of India (AAI) under the able leadership of Prof VK Malhotra as president and Shri Anil Kameneni as Secretary General to conduct all archery activities in the country. The AAI has 45 state member units in the country which are affiliated and recognised and authorised to conduct events in archery.
In Tamilnadu state, The Archery Association of Tamilnadu (TAAT) is the only body which is authorised by AAI to promote, control archery and conduct competitions for any and all forms of archery in any part of the state.
To teach, coach archery anywhere in the country, the coach needs to be properly trained and certified by Sports authority of India or must be be trained by World archery and needs to be a level 1, level 2 or level 3 certified coach.
Any one and everyone cannot become a coach by reading books or watching YouTube.
Students trained by such people run the risk of unscientific training - totally ruining their shooting form, archery technique and destroying their future in archery. Any organization conducting an archery tournament needs to have World archery or AAI certified national judges and trained scorers to supervise safety arrangements and fairness to international rules and regulations.
Any tom, dick and harry can't be a director of shooting, judge or scorer. Any competition conducted without such trained personnel can be dangerous to the person and life of participants as one arrow shot recklessly can cause serious or fatal injury.
By conducting an unauthorised competition, the organiser puts the life and well being of several humans to risk and becomes directly responsible for the accident.
As such it is a potential law and order problem with groups of untrained and unauthorised people wielding potentially dangerous equipment if handled improperly.
Vill archery is not a recognised archery club as the trainer Mr Vasu is not a qualified archery coach. He has neither been trained by SAI or has a certification by world archery, by AAI or by TAAT.
Field archery is a unrecognised body and is not part of the Olympic Games. AAI had issued a warning that any body participating in competitions conducted by them will be banned from all mainstream archery.
The principal of Maharishi school had been misguided by Mr Vasu and has been made president of field archery who in his unrecognised new avatar is promoting and organizing this unrecognised tournament and in turn is misguiding innocent students and parents.
TAAT hereby announces that all participants of this event will be video graphed and their names and schools are being noted. These students will be banned from mainstream archery events. Parents of participants are warned of the grave risk of ban they are putting their children to. U are requested to withdraw ur participation from this event immediately.
The Archery Association of Tamilnadu (TAAT)
The 'ONE SINGLE ARROW !'
It was 6-50 am! Terrorised, I jumped out of bed. Another ten minutes and I'm gonna lose. Won't make it to the Olympics. Can't inspire the state's efforts too. The medal can't be won with a break. This was the 12th day of 'insane archery.' and the key to the programme's success must be 'an unbroken record of daily practise'. My daily alarms had failed me. In fact I went to sleep only after 8 of the morning alarms had sounded. The day and night practise of the last few days was rejuvenating. But the lack of proper food and sleep was taking it's toll. My midnight search in Besant nagar area yesterday for some shop that would be open for dinner having failed ... retired to bed with a few sips of water from an almost empty water bottle. Hunger does not let u sleep. It did not till 3 am ... Half hour after all the alarms had gone off! And just when I was planning to get up... Sleep hits me hard!
How am I going to face my student archers .... Slipped into my chappals, grabbed my key bunch ... Ran down two flights of steep stairs ... Opened / locked the gate ... flew on my Safaari Storme to the grounds. It was one minute to 7 and the archers were just dispersing. Took my compound bow from my car ... Picked up just one arrow from my quiver and rushed to the ground. The surprised archers moved toward me seeking my blessings ... Falling at my feet. Screamed at sundar to quickly remove the cover from my Butress .... Took a stance ... 10 seconds more to 7! And lo ... I had forgotten my releaser ( which is used to draw the 60 pound bow ) I panicked!! I'm going to lose ... there was no way I can go back to my car and get it ... just three seconds to go. Made up my mind. Nocked the arrow.... Used my three fingers to pull the string .... As the string cut my bare fingers ..... drew the bow and shot! Zipppppppppp 'Taat.' the arrow hits outside the target sheet. Zero seconds!
I had kept my attendance. As the amused twenty archers watched at me with the meaning of that 'one arrow attendance' dawning upon them .... I too a bow with my bow.
Kiddo Divesh had won the early bird award of 1000 bucks. Though poorer by 1k I had kept my date with insanity. One arrow to 'Destiny insanity' Thrilled.
A note to Nishanthi! AN OLYMPIC HOPE!
I don't write personalised notes to anyone and everyone. And I don't remember the last time I did. Wish u were my daughter. U have all traits of my daughter. Talented to the core and burning with ambition. Since u have my 'archery genes' u can still be my daughter. So it's a note from a father to a child. It's a very long long time since I went out to take class for anyone on a one to one 'private' basis. The last time was probably 25 years ago ... When I pioneered a 'home instruction' training scheme in karate where I travelled all over the city to take martial art classes for people who had fat purses and were willing to pay. Even at that time I charged them Rs 1,200 per hour. 5 minutes more and I would give them another additional hour's bill. Those were different times!
And then I evolved. So did my ego! From one karate dojo there were 43 branches in chennai city alone. I employed 13 instructors to help me. Then this grew to 554 branches all over the country and spread to 6 more countries.
And then one fine day in 1998, when I moved to the high profile field of security, I got cracked in the head ....... called my instuctors and gave all the branches to them. No more visits by me .... No more gradings .,,. No more classes!
Why should I go all the way .... If anyone is interested, let him / her come to me ... Where I teach! I'm not going anywhere!
The student has to travel ...... Wait .... Yearn for a class from the teacher. Not the otherway!
It was final. I'll teach only in my Besant nagar HQ. Any one.! Who ever it is! However big must come to me. And that's how it was for 17 years. Till today.
Having announced 'archery asylum' for the top students of mine .... A full time focused programne for being on the olympic quest ....... I was very sure u would grab the opportunity. What an idea. Everyone is up by 4 or earlier and in the archery field aptly called. 'archery asylum' by sharp 4-50 am. (I never sleep. Like today I'm here at 2-45 am writing this note to u.)
No one speaks, communicates to each other. Not even an eye contact with the other. The key is being in a trance .... Knowing the rituals .... Respects to mother / father and guru .... Meditation ... Self hypnosis. ... Warriors oath .... Jog or walk ... Warm ups .... Stretches .... Power exercises .... Stamina exercises .... And the entire series of 12 terraband workouts ..... Then the shooting mimic drill starts. And finally the shooting. 72 or 144 arrows.
Everyday a different kind of exercise ... Following the training formats of my teachers Pascal COLMAIRE of world archery and Kim sun bin of Korea. Another instructor from World Archery. The first 10 days we shot at close distances on an empty Butress to focus on the shooting form and the technique. From today we will be shooting on a target face and will start by 'breaking the existing national record in recurve and compound scores'. Yes we will be doing it. All of us. It's possible!
Right from day one u were conspicuous by ur absence. Very conspicuous!
Day two .... Three ... Four and ten. It was so painful to see such a talented archer ignoring the sessions. I wrote abt u in two updates on my FB page. There were some pathetic excuses as a response from u on sms. I recollect the first day u joined over four years ago. U were probably the first girl to be registered on the olympic programme. U had fire in ur belly and drive in your gait. I immediately told everyone that u are olympic material. U were in school then and used to come everyday from the north of the city to the south - Besant nagar for the classes. I remember how ur dad moved to the city just to bring you to the classes. U took active part in all seminars, workshops and national tournaments. In fact when the option came that u had to go abroad for college studies, I sat for 2 hours and counselled u not to. And then I personally spoke to the Stella Maris principal to give u a seat. U even took an easy course so that u could focus on archery. I can't forget how u begged your grandfather and friends and donated Rs 70,000 for the last. 'chennai archery nationals' when we were broke and in dire need. Not to mention that u as well as ur grandfather attended the national judges workshop at maharastra and became qualified archery judges. But now u had slowly been losing it out. Absence in the Sunday classes. Lack of form ... Excuses .... And now the total ignoring of the whole exercise of 'insane archery!'
I write this note as u are olympic material. U have all that it takes to break records. That's why I decided "if mohammed does not come to the mountain, the mountain will come to Mohamned!"
After the 10th class yesterday, I told u that I will come to college at 2 to train u. U instantly sent me an excuse that u have a doctor's appointment and can make it only at 3-30. I was not ready to give up and said. 'Come!'
I enjoyed the 3 hour workout yesterday at stella, replicating what we do here at the 'archery asylum!' The one to one was inspiring and u did really well. I'm going to come everyday ..... To ur college to train u ... Till u are embarrassed and start attending the morning sessions. It's not difficult Nishanthi. It's just a mind set. Get up at 4. Get ready in 10 minutes and start for class. From here u can go to college direct. It's hard work that makes Olympians. Total Sacrifice ... Insane dedication ... Life style change .... We are up against archers in tata academy and army sports institute who practise 12 hours a day with all facilities.
We must win.
The country must get a medal.
Do it for the country.
Do it for INDIA's pride.
It s like giving up one's life in war.
It's a national cause.
Do it Nishanthi!
You certainly can.
With a cake ... Let's celebrate!
Unable to sleep.! Mind is in the field ... The magnetic call of the butress... The comfortable feel of the black strong metallic bow ... The reassuring quiver full of arrows ... The ritualistic loading, drawing & anchoring .... The cathartic release ... And the characteristic 'taat ' 'taat' 'taat' sounds of arrows hitting the target.
Turning and twisting in the single bed of my dream lab dying to be on the grounds. Haven't slept a wink.
A foolish alarm is going wild trying to wake me up every 5 minutes ... Unaware that I have not slept yet.
Should I go to the field right away and take away the opportunity of some archer planning to win the 'early bird cash award' or should I just take off and sleep?
My mind goes to Mr C.S. Manian. If he comes today ... It would be his 10th class in a row he has attended creating a record in his archery life since he joined us in 2006.
I wanna celebrate the event. By cutting a 'surprise' cake which I have already bought last night.
Something tells me Manian is out to prove this time that he is 'Medal material' and will end up this year as the archer with 'an unbroken attendance!'
Congrats Manian ... Here is a surprise cake for u.
Don't surprise me by being absent.
A MIND-BLOWING MEMORY!
40 years of archery celebrations of Archery Association of India (AAI) organized by the delhi archery association.
AN HONEST NOTE
Magically lit hot lantern balloons floating into the evening sky .... A Bunch of 40 colourful balloons soaring heavenwards ..... crackers bursting, unending series of rockets whizzing up and ending as blasts of stars .... A firework of red blazing titling '40 YEARS OF ARCHERY IN INDIA!' Burning away in the center field, a giant screen displaying a multi media presentation of the 40 year history of AAI and the people who toiled for it ........ A 40 year cake cut by none other than the hero of the entire arrangements and in 'apt coincidence' the birthday boy 'the swanky, stylish, dynamic treasurer of AAI and the president of Delhi archery association Mr. Virendra Sachdeva ....... in a well planned operation : boxes of cakes being given to every person in the audience by dozens of pretty girls ..... the eloquent, ever exuberant master of ceremonies Mr Kang of punjab archery describing the historic moment on the elaborate PA systems ... the gigantic and well decorated stage with the father of Indian archery Shri. Malhotra Ji seated packed with dignitaries, MLAs of all political parties led by Dr. Harsh Vardan, the leader of opposition in the delhi assembly and a galaxy of top VIPs, the Secretary General of AAI Shri Anil Kameneni running everywhere supervising the arrangements and giving directions .... the handsome assist secretary of AAI Gunjan Abrol fine tuning the flow of the packed and flawless programme .... the 40 years celebration of the Archery Association of India (AAI) was probably the best ever organized celebration of sports in any field in INDIA.
Memorable for life
Mind blowing to say the least.
The organizers had done so much that no other unit, state, association can ever replicate or outdo them for a long long time. While Virendra Sachdeva Ji has a 'gene' to surprise everyone with extraordinary arrangements, this one programme excelled every other show he ever organized and left archers, coaches, judges, AAI officials, presidents and secretaries of State units dumbstruck and breathless as they left the stadium.
Right from the lavish, comfortable rooms provided next to the venue at the international 'ginger hotels' with all buffet meals provided in the restaurant, to the 'smiling ever helpful' facilitators placed 24x7 in the reception, to the flocks of cars ever ready to ply anywhere in the city and the venue, to the venue of the grand event 'Yamuna sports complex' completely sporting balloons in every tree, lamppost, shrub, plant, pillar and projection ... to the entire area full of banners of archers, officials, patrons, guests and contributors to the growth of archery ..... to the totally different tents put up in the field for the archers, audience and director of shooting ..... to the well cut green grass in the archery field and the clean markings .... to the huge timers .... giant display LED screen projecting images of the entire tournament and function from six cameras ...... to the sheet covered chairs in the venue .... to the volunteers attending to your every need .... to the hygienic and five star tasty meals served at the food area ...... the excellent toilet arrangements .... the result office .... the walkie talkies communications .... every detail was taken care by the organizers.
Earlier in the day, the general body meet was crowded and another well managed affair. After the usual affairs of the meeting, every president, secretary of every state who contributed to the growth of archery was honoured and awarded with a well designed, heavy plaque mentioning their name and their contribution (well worded), a shawl and a clock. There were other mementoes and gifts galore ending up with a sumptuous lunch.
The most stunning gift that floored every one was of course the imaginative, unprecedented, costly sports Blazers for all AAI presidents and secretaries with the AAI logo richly embroidered in it. Wow!
How did u manage it guys??? so many people ... so many measurements.... so many blazers ......
Is the congress indian government listening?
They blocked funds to AAI and see where we are going. And what we are up to.
Hats off to our god father of indian archery Prof. Shri Malhotraji for making AAI and indian archery the most happening sports association in the world!
Hats off to our able and polished intellectual, the 'man with a vision and the right connections, our Secretary General Shri Anil Kameneni for his tireless efforts in keeping our olympic hopes on the right track!
Hats off (literally to the man who dons many hats) to the most dynamic, creative, imaginative, bold, powerful and down to earth treasurer of the AAI - our guruji Shri Virendra Sachdevaji for masterminding, financing and executing the most successful ever event in the history of archery in India 'the 40 years celebration'. It coincided with his 40 th year birthday. "The future of archery in india is safe with people like u in the helm of affairs sir!"
Hats off to our most knowledgeable and able assist secretary of AAI Shri Gunjan Abrol without whom AAI would be a rudderless boat in the sea. Gunjan is a rare combination of looks and brains. Thank you Gunjan for your tireless efforts in the everyday affairs of archery in india and the every hour efforts in this event.
Every man, woman and child who contributed to the growth of archery in india was remembered, mentioned and honoured. If someone was not there, it was their choice and decision.
Happy birthday Indian Archery!
Happy birthday AAI!
Happy birthday hero - Virendra Sachdeva!
I was so very very proud to be part of this mega event and honoured.
World Archery ! Are you watching?
BIO RYTHM IN ARCHERY!
Day 2 at club insanity : More fun ... More learning.
Manian surprises me with his second appearance. His best continuous attendance record in two years.
Vishaal and Aksheiya the brother sister duo land unannounced. They had in fact got perm' for absence. Sticking to each other and constantly whispering ... Think it will take more time for them to arrive at 'disciplined lunacy!'. Not to talk of the constant interactions of Aksheiya with her father who was trying hard to get my attention for a good morning 'wish!'
The attendance increased with 14 'insane' archers in the asylum.
Solai didn't keep his word of starting practise at 4, but left at 6. Yazarafath was a treat to watch with his terraband shots ringing like gunfire.
Sumathy is hard to reform. She just has to speak something to me. She did!
Mahati persists in her enthusiasm. Akshay was meditative in his entire session. As usual!
Selva as usual interjects with pleas for the mission keys to use Aruna's bow.
Still waiting for Aruna to wake up. Will she? Won't she? .... Ever. Maybe never.
Nishanti still ignores the 'movement!'
Acchu ... Where are u my mad son?
Realized a bio RYTHM setting in.
Developed an idiosyncratic shuffling of feet and stabilising the stance with 'dog scratches the ground - like movements' before taking a stance before every shot. It became rhythmic and helped every shot. The picking of every arrow from the quiver with RYTHM, lifting it into the sky with arm extended, nocking it into the string with a click, locking the releaser claws into the d-loop, resting the lower end of the bow on the right knee and looking at a right angle into a tree pod for mind relaxation, sharply turning and gazing into the target butress, raising, drawing the bow, aiming for a long 8 seconds thru the scope and making sure the sighter center dot has stabilized, and then releasing the arrow with a tug at the releaser and watching the hazy whizz of your arrow dart into the Butress like lightening ..... It all starts creating an amazing bio RYTHM.
The RYTHM gets into the mind. The RYTHM hits your soul. The RYTHM becomes you. And the RYTHM lingers into the day.
The RYTHM of madness.
Coping! Enjoying! Yearning for more.
Welcome to club insanity!
Exciting is an understatement. As I drove into the kalakshetra playground at sharp 4-50 am, was surprised to find 5 archers already there. Was floored that the first to arrive was little 'Mahati!'
When was the last time a six year old was up and in the play field at 4-50? Good start to childhood insanity.
Told the 10 of them who had gathered that the key for the experiment in insanity was 'No instructions! No interruptions! No communications of any sort'. A mad person does not confirm to normalities. Enveloped in a tranced world of his / her own the mad nuts know what they are doing. Theirs is an agenda no one can disturb.
"Let's try doing on our own what we know must be done!" I told them.
"No one speaks to the other or must react to the world around. "And then Methodic madness took over. The rituals of respect, meditation, self hypnosis, oath taking, warm ups, stretches, power workouts, stamina punching, terraband drills .... Each to their own .... In their own corner of the field.
It did look like a mental asylum backyard neverthe less with each one surreptitiously eying the other to see what the other was up to.
It was dark and many wondered how they would shoot. 5 am in January is dark. The rule was not to use any target sheets. Aiming would be a distraction I told them. The first ten days would be ritualistic pumping of arrows in the Butress till groupings became the rule even with closed eyes.
It was truly exciting. Ten of us shooting in the dark with the neon street light giving some aid ..... at buttresses with the morning silences interrupted by the 'taat' 'taat' sounds of arrows delivered by Hoyt, Win&Win recurves and compounds. Not to talk abt two missed arrows from manian's bow hitting a metal shutter and piercing it with loud 'clangs!'
No warning and signal whistles. Everyone just knew when to start / stop shooting and when to retrieve arrows.
Every 36 arrows one could take short breaks I had informed.
There were avoidable interruptions to the 'divine trance' of course. Latecomers like solai coming and apologising and unsuspecting parents venturing to wish 'good mornings!'
Yazarafath and Yasmeen the archery couple came and wanted permission to go and 'cut / fletch' arrows. At 6 am the streetlights were switched off and the area was plunged in darkness. I knew the archers froze not knowing how to proceed. But when I continued shooting ... Everybody shot in the dark. In ten minutes it suddenly dawned without warning and there was magical light filling the field.
Could not complete 144 shots by 7 am.
I leisurely shot 87 arrows.
Sumathy did her own part of disturbing with a generous cup of tea towards the end.
At 7-05, stopped the insane group for a review.
12 insane archers had come. 10 shot.
Aksheiya and Nishanthi gave 'dumb' excuses. Who cares?
No communications from Vignesh & Vishaal!
Kuldeep is on a train to chennai.
Aruna will never make it in mornings says my intuitions.
Gave directions for the group for terraband shooting of 144 Arrows during the day ( need to review how possible that was ) and another round of 144 arrows at their 'home buttresses!' In the evening / night.
I wish the madness gets infectious and soon Tamilnadu is full of insane archers with a Methodic lunacy of the olympic medal quest.
'Insanity is sure a terrific virtue !'
Dear Shri Virendra Sachdevaji,
I have returned safe to Chennaiafter NRAT-3, New Delhi with fresh and lingering memories of the amazing show you put up at Delhi.
I was witness to an event that will truly match any international archery event in the most developed country in the world and no words would equal the true appreciation I wish to expresson my experiences there.
It is obvious that an herculean effort and sound management principles have been put to play in the preparations for the event.
While the whole credit goes to youas a one man army, I also must appreciate the band of able workers you had at your disposal who were swayed by your personal charm and charisma and worked ceaselessly to make this eventmost memorable for archers, technical officials, coaches, visiting administrators, media persons as well as the relatives of archers and the public at large.
Right from the designing of bannersand flex boards that were prominently displayed in pivotal parts of the venue, the excellent pick up and drop arrangements in air-conditioned buses and cars, to welcome kits with info, to a superbly designed T-shirts to all archers, officials and volunteers; to tasty buffets in star hotels to all, tokens for quenching thirst at the venue, non stop supply of packaged water at thevenue to all, to the flawless arrangements at the feild, quality buttresses, perfect logistics, a gigantic stage, well designed flex banners at the venue encouraging deserving archers, a mind boggling total of cash awards to the winning archers, world class timers and a mega giant screen at venue with multiple cameras and stunning buzzers, logo embroidered in kerchiefs, sleek looking plaques awarded to officials and patrons, novel dividers with framed flexes to line the way of the archers entry, every chair in the venue dressed up with posh covers, volunteers scurrying every where to help anyone who need edit, well timed programme on the stage, short and sweet speeches delivered, the one minute silence for the victims of the 'Himalayan Tsunami', well chosen music played in a superb PA system, doctors and medical help at call, great arrangements for administrative work, speedy printouts of results and a well conducted Executive committee meet......... every minute detail was well thought of and executed with Úlan, style and professionalism.
Dear Sachdeva ji, the organizing of the NRAT 3 has raised the bar on our archery management skills of the AAI under the able guidance and mentorship of Shri Malhotraji and has made the pillars of our organization very strong.
I take it as my duty as a guest who observed this, was a recipient of the wonderful hospitality and as part of this magnificient organization to thank the delhi archery association, all the office bearers, administrators, archers, coaches and parents of the coaches who made this happen under your able leadership.
I also thank you on behalf of The Archery Association of Tamilnadu (TAAT) for providing us leadership in excellence.
Thank you Shri Sachdevaji for your commitment to our common cause of Archery.
Shihan Hussaini (HU)
The Archery Association of Tamilnadu (TAAT).
Dear Indian Archery family,
We are extremely happy that our most hon' president and the God father of Indian Archery Prof. VK Malhotra Ji has given Tamil Nadu the chance to host the 33rd Sahara Recurve, Compound and Para Archery National Championships from 26th Dec to 31st Dec 2012.
My state president Shri S. Balaubramaniam Adityan had given me an affectionate order when he took over as president that our first task must be to bring the Nationals to Chennai.
It was a "great directive in the right direction" as Tamil Nadu has never witnessed an Archery Nationals ever and it is extremely important that the young and inexperienced Archers of the state need to be motivated by the enormity of the scale of a National Championship.
I must thank Shri Virendra Sachdeva Ji who reposed so much faith in TAAT and me, and made this dream of ours happen!
Shri Anil Kameneni Ji and Shri Gunjan Ji have as usual been great pillars of strength in all our preparations.
I thank them and several experienced Secretaries and Coaches of several state associations as well as several Olympian Archers who have been voluntarily calling and giving suggestions, advising and morally supporting TAAT in the organizing of our maiden nationals.
Our greatest difficulty started with our venue as Tamil Nadu and Chennai have no grounds large enough to hold a Senior Archery Nationals. Our great desire to hold the finals in a public place, the Marina or Besant Nagar Beach to make Archery spectator friendly also had its own hurdles with Supreme Court stays against having any show on the beaches.
The concern that on New Year's Eve, the crowds will be huge and the fear by officials that a stray arrow hitting someone might prove disastrous have created several impediments. There are challenges of shifting venues and materials too.
We have finally fixed Anna University Sports Grounds, Guindy, Chennai as the best available venue.
We still hope that we should resolve to hold the finals on the beach.
As far as the accommodations are concerned, we are providing hotel rooms for all so that your stay will be as comfortable as possible.
All hotels will be near the Chennai Central Railway Station in the midst of the city and on triple sharing basis per room.
We wish to take the Archery family on a sight seeing picnic on the 31st to a few important places in Chennai and then end up with a NEW YEAR PARTY hosted by us.
It would be fun for the whole Indian Archery fraternity to party together!
We have composed a "theme song" for the event and it promises to be on everyone's lips and a major hit.
We are planning to have short entertainment events every evening after the shooting gets over. So we request everyone to stay back. And yes, "NO ONE GOES BACK EMPTY HANDED".
We are going to give "very special participation mementoes" to all participants. So special that you will really be proud to take it home.
"IT WILL REALLY BE A PLEASANT SURPRISE!"
We are also going to make sure photos are taken of every single participant and you can down load it from our site.
We feel that Archery's status has to be elevated to a "spectator sport" and that people must pay to witness it.
So for the very first time in the history of the sport in India, audiences will have to buy tickets for the event and we are confident that we will be a "SELL OUT!"
For the contestants who always want to practise., we will provide another field nearby with at least 40 target butts. You can practise here from 6 AM to 6 PM everyday during the championships.
I thank all my Archers and Volunteers who are spending days and nights toiling hard to plan and execute this Nationals. The Tamil Nadu team of Archers have no time to practise seriously as all are involved in the preparations. We are not hoping / aspiring for any medals. We just want to be perfect hosts.
We really want to make this Championships most memorable for all of you.
Olympics 2016 - "AMMA CAN!" is our tag line.
Under the inspiring leadership of our most adored and sports loving Chief Minister "AMMA", Tamil Nadu is on the Road to the Rio Olympics - 2016!
Don't be surprised if Tamil Nadu Archers make it to the next Olympics!
It's an "All out Medal Mission in Archery" - AMMA.
CAN - Chennai Archery Nationals.
Welcome to Chennai!
Lets all have a great time together.
Founder and General Secretary
The Archery Association of Tamil Nadu
Dear Archery family,
This is HU Hussaini, Shihan Hussaini, Syed Ali Hussaini. Founding General Secretary of The Archery Association of Tamil Nadu (TAAT)
...This is to thank each one of you who have contributed their time and energy to retain the leadership of our Indian "God father of Archery" Shri. Prof. Malhotra Ji and his "iron natured team" back with a resounding victory in the just concluded elections.
I call it "IRON TEAM" as it is impossible to break them. Both in loyalty to Shri Malhotra and to the virtue of "unity".
Now nothing in this planet can stop this team from making India the No. 1 Archery nation in the world.
There is lot that the sporting community in India, National Sports Federations, and Sports People will learn from the visionary leadership of Shri Malhotra Ji and his team, post this election.
The first thing they will learn is "COURAGE AND CONVICTION OF ONE'S VALUES!"
Now is the time to truly leave the bitter, acrimonious and at many times painful past and focus on UNITY, INTEGRITY AND COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE!
Now is the time to truly apply the "balm" of love and affection to each other.
The victorious shall pledge never to victimise the vanquished and the "not victorious" shall pledge to forget the past and not continue their "enmity" and "vengeance" and look for any and every opportunity to "stab" back.
It is natural for people to say and do things in an emotionally charged atmosphere.
It's the job of the FATHER to intervene and hug the whole family and order truce. A truce built on love and the concept of "family" in india.
It is a commendable Godfather's orders to the family to bring back the "brotherhood" back into the AAI family. We passed thru a terrible time when brothers avoided each other and suspicion and discomfort were the devils possessing us. We could have avoided this. Like our hon general secretary wrote "consensus and elections are both part of the democratic process". Consensus is commendable as elections are fraught with "confrontations" and leave a bitter taste in the mouth when it's over.
As the first step, let me obey the orders of my leadership.
I genuinely regret for anything I might have thought, said, written, mailed and debated about anyone from any part of this country in the Archery family. It is human to err and divine to forgive! Here is an opportunity for some of us to get divine in forgivance!
This is not lip service!
I truly mean ever word of what I say!
I am a humble soilder of Shri Malhotra and his team and while I am following their orders in thought and action to mend fences, I "personally" also genuinely regret confrontation. I hold an 8th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate and know only too well that the greatest weapon of a samurai is LOVE and PEACE!
Dear Friends, while the elections divided the house and and created a small fissure, this is the right time to forge unity and a tightness none can match.
Yes. Like in any family. Some children may have certain misgivings, there are loving and respectful ways of conveying it to the FATHER. Not by puffing our chest up and daring our elders!
In my Archery Academy (HU Archery Mission, the first lesson that is taught is "the firm belief that blessings from MATHA, PITHA, GURU and GOD can take you anywhere". If you Touch the feet of your father, mother, guru and god and ask anything, it will be given.
Please log into "YouTube" and search "Shihan Hussaini's world records" and watch my unbelievable human endurance world records. As you gasp in disbelief, Please let me reveal the secret of how I did them all. It's simple!
"I HAD THE BLESSINGS OF MY MOTHER, FATHER, GURU AND GOD!"
I give prime most respect to them.
Now let me go direct !
Dear Mr Rao,
I truly regret the bitterness, the emotional choice of words, the angry statements from my side in the thick of our confrontation.
Shri Malhotra Ji has admonished me enough for it and I am prepared to accept any punishment he may give me for this. I unconditionally withdraw anything that might have hurt you from my side. I extend my hands to you as a younger brother who has done a mistake and has been ordered by the FATHER to apologise.
When you next meet me I wish you give me a genuine hug as an elder brother and give me a pat on My back.
This is what our leaders want. You raised a point of debate Consensus Vs Election?
The archery family and the world at large now know for good that the consensus under a great leader is more preferred to confrontation by election.
BECAUSE THE RESULTS ARE THE SAME! THIS ELECTION VICTORY HAS PROVEN THAT CONSENSUS IS THE WINNER
I request you now brother Rao that your energy and drive should be directed towards strengthening the hands of our god father Shri Malhotra Ji; our brother Shri Anil Kamineni, our foot solider Shri Virendra Sachdeva and all our elected leaders.
Now let's all of us get ready to travel on the Archery ROAD TO RIO - OLYMPICS - 2016!
There is so much work to do. TOGETHER!
I am at your disposal in your effort.
Heart and soul
Dear Archery family,
I am HU. Also known as Hussaini, Shihan Hussaini and Syed Ali Hussaini. The founding General Secretary of The Archery Association of Tamil Nadu (TAAT).
I am one among the people who received a copy of the mail that Shri Rao sent as a reply to a private mail sent by the secretary general designee to him.
...I am not really surprised that Shri Rao made a private communication public as I infer that Mr. Rao thrives on publicity and only publicity! Both in an atrocious fight and in an apparently crippling, humiliating defeat.
And since this is in the public domain and I am unwillingly involved, I am forced to comment. With the least inhibition as the self appointed spokesperson of a united AAI.
Not very long ago, I was privy along with the Kerala General Secretary, to a direct confrontation between the same Mr Rao and Mr Anil Kameneni at the reception of Habitat center in New Delhi.
I was absolutely taken aback by two things prima facie.
The venom that Mr Rao spat acrimoniously and the total cool with which Mr Kameneni countered everything.
Dr Joris and I were wriggling in our seats in discomfiture!
While I wanted to counter every thing that Mr Rao uttered, I kept quiet as Mr Kameneni was doing a great job himself in his own gentlemanly way.
But since Mr Rao is bringing private exchanges in public, I am tempted to comment.
And I request all of you who belong to this united family of archery to take this as an opportunity to THINK WELL and become more closely knit and never allow, ever again another man like Shri Rao to make a repeat crime of "Trying" to create a fissure amidst us and a mockery of the courts by using them for personal promotion.
Dear Mr Rao,
Since you made us a witness to your spat, I take it upon myself as my justified right to ask you a few questions.
1) you are going to town talkin about your "great" contribution to Archery several decades ago. What ever little part you played, Did you do it as a paid job as a Paid govt servant or as a FREE SERVICE to Archery?
2) after you moved from your govt assignment, till date, what did you do for archery? In what way have you helped a single archer? How much funds from your handsome salary as an IAS officer did you ever contribute for archery in India or a single archer? How many bows did you gift our elite archers from your pocket?
3) Where on earth were you when Shri Malhotra, single handedly built this AAI from nothing to the most well known sports organization in India? How come you suddenly descended on the scene after Ajay Maken, the stupidest sports minister ever in the history of India started advocating a stupid Stupid sports code that "Experienced and knowledgable people" must quit and give room to immature morons.
Sad. He himself was shunted out of sports as he was a major embarrassment to his prime minister and his own aging leaders.
What a sad comedy!
I am forced to beleive that you probably are a protege of Ajay Maken himself and a pawn in his hands to fulfill his evil political designs.
4) I am shell shocked that an averagely "intelligent" IAS officer can ask a question like & I quote you ..... "As we all know the Archery Community has given 40 years of uninterrupted leadership to Mr. Malhotra". How long do you need him to lead Indian Archery? There is no one amongst one billion Indians to replace him?
Will you ask the same question of your father if he is alive and crossing 70?
Like no one amongst one billion Indians can replace your mother, father and a Guru (if you have one); no one can replace SHRI MALHOTRA JI. Not only in this country but in this entire world.
And certainly not you "Mr Rao".
Even in another billion years.
"Certainly not YOU!"
This is the biggest joke if not an advanced state of self - megalomaniacal Delusion!
I won't be surprised if Ajay and you jointly issue a statement saying "how long can we have Mahatma as the father of this nation? IS THERE NO ONE IN THIS ONE BILLION INDIANS TO REPLACE THE MAHATMA?"
5) I was terribly taken aback with your open threat to Shri Anil kamenini that day. I reproduce it for the benefit of people who were not there. In a cool and dramatically "villian like" voice you said "Look anil, if I am nominated as the general secretary by Mr Malhotra, then I will take Archery to the greatest heights. If not, I am telling you Anil, you are going to spend the rest of your term climbing the stairs of courts, answering my questions. This was not just a threat. It was a clear case of open BLACKMAIL.
You never challenged Mr Anil to a "democratic" election. You simply announced "GIVE ME THE SECRETARY GENERAL POST OR I WILL FIGHT MALHOTRA!"
You really are a sad man Mr Rao and must be behind bars, not fighting an election.
6) To top it all, you looked at me and said "Hussaini, you touch your heart and vote. You are going to "vote" only because of me! I fought your case in the court and got your confirmed affiliation in the AAI which they were denying you for several years.
This is another joke. A REAL BIG JOKE!
In the first place, if Tamil Nadu was denied an affiliation for so many years, WHERE ON EARTH WERE "YOU" FOR SO MANY YEARS?
WHY DID YOU NOT FIGHT OUR CASE THEN?
How come your sudden affection for Tamil Nadu?
The answer is too obvious. You were trying to fish in troubled waters.
The truth is Tamil Nadu never had any issue with AAI.
We were given provisional affiliation after our credentials were studied and as per rules, we were on our way to certain confirmation in a month or two.
The simple question is: "if Tamil Nadu was wronged, how did AAI give Tamil Nadu, the Senior Nationals for this year.
Tamil Nadu is happy with AAI and absolutely strong behind the leadership and life long presidentship of Shri Malhotra.
Third persons will do well to "MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESSES!"
Now let's come to the questions you asked Shri Kameneni. I have a right to answer as you sent Me as well as others a copy and made the debate PUBLIC!
1. Who will fund the training of our Elite Archers?
Commited secretary generals like me, and presidents of state associations, who have spent crores from their pockets and thru efforts with our state govt and private corporate sponsors.
YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTE!
2) Who will give the World class equipment to our elite archers? What is your plan if the Government withdraws custom duty exemption to import of Archery equipment?
You and I know very well that 85% of the Archery equipment you see In the field was bought by the Archers themselves. Most 'Elite' Archers are quite capable of taking care of themselves! They have lots at stake - jobs, awards, cash benefits, etc.,
If you could go to court and get favourable orders for every small "slip" anyone had inadvertently made, I am sure we are capable to go to court if Govt withdraws custom duty exemption. GOVT WON'T DO IT. WE WON'T LET THE GOVT DO IT (even if you try hard after losing the elections).
3. What is your answer if Indian Railways withdraws the support of Rail concession to our Archery teams, if AAI gets Derecognized?
First, derecognition, stoppage of funds, stoppage of railway concessions, are all imaginary fears spun by a deranged mind at the verge of losing an election. Why do you think that the world is going to end if you are not elected as the president? Let's first see if this present govt wins the next parliamentary elections? Have you thought what will happen if Shri Malhotra Ji and his party win the next elections and he gets a cabinet berth of say, the SPORTS MINISTER?
Think positive Mr Rao.
Alternately if "you" do convince the govt with your "democratic" ways and your "court resorts" to stop railway concessions, state govts and state sports bodies are capable of compensating the Archers. We will also bring media pressure "thru" agitations to revert such stupid decisions.
4. Who will provide jobs to our Archers? Except few jobs in private sector, most of our Archers are employed by Public Sector like Railways, Armed Forces, Police and Public Sector Companies. Do you think they will continue to employ Archers based on certificates issued by a derecognized Federation?
The AAI will be the most respected and valued association under the stewardship of Prof Shri Malhotra Ji, with or without anyone's recognition and intervention.
Please remember that the biggest financial contribution to Archery till date was thru a corporate sponsor. Today corporates are charting the financial destiny of this nation and are employing more people than any govt enterprise. If an insane govt does get more Insane and stops providing jobs, WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPEN AS YOU MAY WANT TO, trust me, it will be the biggest gain for corporates who will jump at our "Elite" Archers and employ them. I will take this as my personal mission to place our Elite Archers at elite jobs with corporates if my President Shri Malhotra Ji orders me to.
Now Dear Mr Rao,
If you next say that it will "stop raining"; "the birds will drop dead and fall from the sky" ... "The oceans will dry up" ...... "the earth will open up and gobble all Elite Archers" and "dinosaurs will appear again and eat up archery buttresses" - IF YOU ARE NOT ELECTED AS PRESIDENT, then no one but a good psychiatrist can help you.
I shall request our kind and generous treasurer Shri Sachdeva Ji to fund your treatment and I shall also chip in. We are friends after all!
Yes and if my president Shri Malhotra Ji gives me permission I would like to challenge you to a one on one open debate, anywhere, anytime, in private, in an public platform or in front of the country's media. "AND THEN YOU MAY HAVE TO PACK UP, LOCK STOCK AND BARREL FROM ANY ACTIVITY, LEAVE ALONE SPORTS AND SEEK REFUGE IN THE HIMALAYAS FOR RETIREMENT FROM LIFE!"
Dear Archery family,
Please understand that we have been a united family under the leadership of the most clean, selfless, strong and visionary leader. And we will continue to.
We have conducted 32 Senior Nationals without a hitch plus Equal no of junior, subjunior and mini and now para nationals too. We have won innumerable medals in grand prix, Asian, CommonWealth, World championships and have qualified for the Olympics several times. The day is not far away when we will be on the RIGHT ROAD TO RIO - the Olympics 2016 and win medals in RIO DE JANERIO.
The ENTIRE credit goes to Shri Malhotra and his capable team. It's our duty to stand behind him NOW.
This is the way we need to show our gratitude to him. THAT HE IS GOING TO WIN THIS ELECTIONS HANDS DOWN is well known.
My appeal is to each one of you to not give a "SINGLE" vote to selfishness, to grandiose delusion, to ingratitude and evil viciousness.
Even a single vote to MR Rao is an affront to righteousness.
It's my fervent appeal to the one or two misguided souls who have made an error of judgement to change their minds and put their MIGHT behind THE RIGHT President.
Our president is and will always be SHRI. PROF. V.K. MALHOTRA JI and his team.
THE GODFATHER OF INDIAN ARCHERY.
"We don't change our Gods and we can't change our Fathers!"
And MR RAO I ADVISE YOU TO PLEASE VOTE FOR MALHOTRA JI OR ELSE THE WORLD WILL LAUGH THAT THE THE ONE AND ONLY VOTE YOU SECURED WAS 'YOUR OWN VOTE!'
NB: Dear friends, please pass on this mail to others I could not reach and if anyone can translate it into Hindi and forward it, I shall be most grateful to them.
- HU Hussaini.
Hi, this is HU. I am also known as Shihan Hussaini, Syed Ali Hussaini and Syed Ali Murtuza Hussaini. Founding general secretary of The Archery Association of Tamil Nadu (TAAT).
I wish to narrate a small incident from my life.
My father, an eminent professor of history who has authored over 20 books married my mother very late in life and I was born when he was 56 years old. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother. He worked hard, really hard to bring us all up. In good times and in bad. He taught us several things that we never knew about earlier. He built my house in Madurai, brick by brick with his hard work and toiled hard to see it did not leak. He took very good care of my family, when ever we had fights amongst us his word was final. We always respected his word. Sometimes I felt he was supporting my younger brother and he was getting more of his affection. But much later I used to realise there was always some reason behind it. He always used to be partial to my sisters and my younger brother. Much later I realised it was all for my benefit. He wanted me to be stronger. To survive on my own.
We never knew how much he earned or how much we spent. We never needed to. As everything was a product of his hard work, we were all a very happy family till a man called "Vijay Baken" took over as leader of the land we were living in. Baken himself had a father who was above 80 years old.
This man was very jealous of our house as we had so much peace, unity and joy in our house.
He made an announcement that he was just 45 years old and that any father's who was old and above 70 need to leave their house and make younger people as fathers.
My father was shocked, so were several fathers in our vicinity. We all supported our father and told "Vijay Baken" to go to hell.
Vijay Baken was very angry. He made an announcement that any family who kept their elderly fathers at home will be penalised. Water and electricity would be cut for their houses. Many houses got scared. They reluctantly told their fathers to leave. But my father was strong. So were we. We were always on our own all these years, we decided that we will dig a bore well and get water. We would have solar panels for electricity. We were strong and we were unified.
Vijay Baken shook with rage. He now announced that houses that chased away their fathers will get lots of money, and many gifts.
We were unshaken. We are a family. He was our father. No money can tempt us. We were strong.
Vijay Baken then devised a plan. He met a long lost cousin of ours called "Ramu" and poisoned his mind. Ramu was a nice man and lived in our house many years ago. We were all nice to him and he was also good to us. Vijay Baken told him that it was his holy duty to clean up our house. He told him to take over as father of our house. He tempted him to move back into our house and slowly break it up. Ramu suddenly returned to our house and we were all very happy about it.
He slowly stated his work as devised by "Vijay Baken". First he told my dad if he could take my personal room in which I had stored all my personal stuff i had bought with my hard work and sweat.
My dad told him to first stay in the guest room as he had just come back. Slowly as time went on we will allot a room for him.
"No" screamed Ramu. I want HU's room or else I wish to fight you. "Win me in a battle", he challenged!
We all tried to reason it out with him. We cannot have "another father" and we do not want a fight in this house.
"Nonsense" bellowed Ramu! This is a democracy. Fatherhood must be decided only with the outcome of a fight. Plus if I win, my friend "Vijay Baken" will give you all lots of cash and goodies.
We protested ... we resisted. "This is not the right time to fight... we are surviving with self respect without any assistance from the evil leader Baken. Fighting our father is like stabbing on his back while he is already waging a duel with evil Baken. But he refused to listen. "I want HU's favourite room or I will fight your Father!"
"I want to be your Father. I want to clean up your house. I want to get you cash and goodies From "Baken". I promise you the world and beyond!!!!"
Dear Archery family,
Shri Malhotra is the father of this house of Archery. He has been our father ever since we were born. He created us. Whatever we are today, it's due to his hard work and vision. The fact that someone is challenging our father is an insult to each one of us. No father in the world is sent out because he grows older. No father can be exchanged for another. No worthy son can ever watch his father being challenged by a cousin.
No leader of any land has a right to ruin the peace of our home.
This is the time we show the world who we are! this is the time to demonstrate our unity to the world. This is the time we should set an example to all other houses that The father is not a dispensable napkin we throw after use. Let be an example to the world.
LETS STAND BY OUR FATHER TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE.
LETS STAND BY THE FATHER OF MODERN ARCHERY IN INDIA "SHRI. PROF MALHOTRA".
VOTE OUR FATHER AGAIN AND AGAIN AS OUR PRESIDENT!
LET'S STAND UNITED AS ONE STRONG HOUSE!
OUR VOTE WILL ALWAYS BE FOR SHRI MALHOTRA AND HIS TEAM.