Buli Basumatary was selected in one of the camps organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Starting from a national level gold medellist archer to street vendor; this is her story.
Buli, who is from Assam, won two gold medals and one silver in the National Sub Junior Archery Championship 2014 in Rajasthan. In Maharashtra too, Buli won a gold and silver.
She made headlines when she clinched gold in a 50 metre event in the National Senior Archery Championship held in Jharkhand. Several states and regional awards have been bestowed upon her as well.
She stood second with a silver medal in the in the team event in the 28th National Archery Championship 2008 in Jamshedpur.
However, her dream run came to jolting halt. In 2010, she suffered injuries, putting a stop to her practice and eventually faded from the world of sports.
Economic constraints meant that she was unable to buy the expensive training equipment for herself.
Meanwhile, she got married and is now a mother of two. No financial support was given to her by the government or any sports authority.
Her journey to an illustrious career in archery came to jarring stop. She now sells oranges on highway NH-31 at Samthaibari near Indo-Bhutan border.
But this hasn’t stopped her training others in her beloved sports. The 28-year-old now trains budding archers at Sidli-Koshikotra Higher Secondary school.