A two-year-old Indian girl has set a new national record in archery, according to the India Book of Records. BBC was there:
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri from Vijaywada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh – who turns three next week – became the youngest Indian to score more than 200 points at a trial event on Tuesday, reports the Press Trust of India.
She fired 36 arrows at a target 5m away, then again at a target 7m away, making a total of 388 points. Her achievement was witnessed by senior sports personalities and India Book of Records officials. “We are all very proud of her. We are very impressed,” Archery Association of India official Gunjan Abrol told the BBC.
Dolly was conceived through surrogacy after the death of her brother, international archer and coach Cherukuri Lenin, in a road accident in 2010 reports said. Her father, Cherukuri Satyanarayana, said she had been trained since birth to be a champion.
“When we came to know that the baby was on her way we decided to mould her as an archer,” news agency AFP quoted Mr Satyanarayana, who runs an archery academy in Vijaywada, as saying. “The preparations started when she was in the womb itself,” he added.