Recently, a 14-year-old archer from Sports Authority of India (Bolpur) underwent a nightmarish experience. An arrow shot by a fellow trainee archer pierced through the right side of her neck. All practitioners were gathered at the Sports Authority of India centre in West Bengal’s Birbhum District on Monday (Oct 30) when a practice session went wrong.

The girl, Fazila Khatun, got an arrow stuck to her neck and was immediately admitted to the Bolpur sub-divisional hospital. SAI regional director MS Goindi later clarified that the arrow went through her collarbone but she is “out of danger”.

“A stray arrow hit her, near the collarbone, luckily it’s not pierced through the windpipe and she is now out of danger,” Goindi told PTI.

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Another young archer, Jewel Shaikh, was practising at the Special Area Games centre Kabiguru Krirangan like every day when Fazila’s turned unannounced which led to the unfortunate incident.

“There were four of us who were training. The turn of the other two had gotten over and then Fazila and I were practicing. I was shooting, and the girl suddenly came close. And she was hit,” Jewel Shaikh said.

After the arrow was removed, Fazila recalled, “I did not notice that he was shooting arrows. I came close and was hit.” she said. She also added that during the practice, none of the trainers were looking after them at the spot when the accident happened.

While the Sports authority is trying to justify this freaky incident as “accidental”. However, the hospital sources said Fazila had to undergo an operation. Goindi said: “There’s a strict protocol about shooting as when archers go to collect the arrows there is a ceasefire. Only when they return to their respective marking line, the next round of shooting begins. But I don’t understand how this has happened.”

“All the coaches are accountable, I will go through the reports to ensure that such mishaps don’t happen again,” Goindi added.

Fazila is one of the 23 SAI trainees preparing for the Inter-SAI tournament to be held next month.

Clearly, a little negligence can cost a human life!

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