//Asam : Tribals' archery skills find purpose

Asam : Tribals' archery skills find purpose

Deborshi Chaki, CNN-IBN , May 22, 2006

Dologami (Assam): Bows and arrows have been their traditional tools of warfare. And growing up in Assam's violent region of Dologami, being aggressive comes naturally.

However, coach and founder of Sanjarang Sports Club in Dologami, Gunoshankar Wary has given the youngsters a sense of purpose.

"I want to make sure that the bows and arrows are used for a constructive purpose and not for a destructive one," Wary says.

The idea of archery as a sport became an instant hit among the tribal children. And now they're beginning to pick up other sports as well.

In the first glance the place may give you the feel of a multi-facility sports complex but it doesn't take you long to understand its makeshift nature.

Wary’s neighborhood sports club is now a full-fledged sports complex and expectations among the members are rising high.

"I have participated in state and national level events and it feels nice. I want to compete more and win," National Games, Silver Medallist in archery, Buli Basumatary says.

"I have got medals in national level championships now I want to make it to international level," a state level pugilist, Dhiman Brahma adds.

For the time being however, the students are running the club by manufacturing their own sports gear from locally available resources.

"We need help from the state government and the central government. If they provide us proper equipments and infrastructure, I am sure that we will produce international players. They have the talent. All they need is some polish," Wary opines.

In a remote corner of Assam, this is a humble beginning for these youngsters but a beginning nevertheless.