Sunendu Roy from Kolkata, who has been consistently ranked among the top 10 archers in the country for the last three years, has his eyes firmly set on the target.
He wants an Olympic medal, and nothing else would satisfy Roy. He works in the telecom section of the Indian Railways, and is based at Vijayawada. Being in Vijayawada makes it easy for him to practise at the Volga Archery Academy.
Roy was by the Kolkata Sports Authorities of India to Vijayawada in 2009 after the Academy founder late Cherukuri Lenin noticed the talent in him. Since then, Roy has won several medals.
His parents Sarajit Kumar Roy and Anima Roy are both retired, having worked in the private sector. Roy won gold in 30th senior national archery championships, silver in 34th senior archery championship, gold again in 38th senior archery championships.
Apart from this, he has bagged silver medals in team and individual events in the 4th South East Asian Archery Championship held in Yangon, Myanmar. He won two silver medals in the All-India Inter-University Championship in 2012 and bagged two mother silver medals in ranking and Olympic round. He is the winner of Indian Railways championship and has won 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Roy has also won 90 meters individual championship in All India Inter University Archery Championship in Patiala in 2011, and the bronze in team event held in 2008 31st Junior National Championship.
Roy told this correspondent, "I would like to bag medals in World Championship and Asian championship, representing Andhra Pradesh."
He said that an Olympic medal would be Guru Dakshina for his guru Lenin who supported him when no one else would and he was on the verge of losing confidence in himself.