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Here’s another pair then, after Sania-Shoaib and Saina-Kashyap, who transmutes the bonds of friendship forged over playing sports at the highest level into the weightier ties of matrimony. We are talking about top archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, who grasp the vacant space offered up by the pandemic to do the needful in Ranchi. Strict social distancing was followed for the 60 guests, along with a liberal use of masks and sanitisers. Deepika, a former World No 1, is currently No 9; Atanu is not as elevated. We hope they spur each other on to find bull’s eyes.

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Archer Deepika Kumari is helped by her partner archer Atanu Das wear a mask as they pose for the photographer during their marriage ceremony, in Ranchi.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren greets Archer Deepika Kumari and her husband archer Atanu Das during their marriage ceremony, in Ranchi.

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Archer Deepika Kumari with her family members during her 'Haldi Rasam' (a traditional marriage ritual), ahead of her wedding with archer Atanu Das, at her residence in Ranchi.

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Archer Deepika Kumar poses for photographs after a ritual ahead of her wedding with archer Atanu Das, outside her residence in Ranchi. The archers are set to get married on June 30.

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Indian archers Deepika Kumari spotted at Birsa Munda International Airport, in Ranchi.

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Girls archers take part in the three days long 21st National Janajati Sports Meet, a national sports meet for tribal communities at, Tepesia, on the outskirt of Guwahati. All the participants of the sports meet belong to more than hundred tribal communities from across the country.

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If they get mad at each other they might reach out for their bows and arrows (a dramatic possibility for a romcom), but for now, with an enga­gement ceremony in Ran­chi, India archers (and team mates) Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das have announced their plans for marriage next year. Let medals flow freely along with smiles!

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Dola bagged the recurve gold at the World Cup Final in Dubai, in November 2007, while Talukdar won the men’s recurve gold at the first leg of the 2006 World Cup in Porec, Croatia. Both are epoch-making feats for Indian archery.

Asian Games silver medallist archer Aman Saini being accorded warm welcome on his return in his village at Nangloi in New Delhi.

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Silver medalists India's Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma pose with their medals during the victory ceremony for the archery compound men's team match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Silver medalists India's Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam pose with their medals during the victory ceremony for the archery compound women's team match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian men's and women's Archery team members display their silver medals of compound team events, at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.

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Indian archery team members celebrate after winning silver medal in the women's compound team archery event at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Indian archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das look dejected after recurve in mix team elimination event at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Indian archer Deepika Kumari takes aim during women's recurve team elimination event at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Indian archer Deepika Kumari takes aim during women's recurve team event at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) and Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore poses for a group photograph with the winners of the World Youth Archery Championship at a meeting in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goel along with Maharashtra Sports Minister Vinod Tawde during the inauguration of the 19th National Archery Compettion, in Mumbai.

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India's Bombayla Devi Laishram releases her arrow during an elimination round of the individual archery competition at the Sambadrome venue during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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India's Deepika Kumari aims for the target during the women's team archery competition at the Sambadrome venue during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Indian Women archery team member Bombayla Devi during the practice session for the Olympic 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Indian women archers during the practice session for Olympic 2016 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Indian archery team member Bombayla Devi during the practice session at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Indian archery team members Atanu Das, Laxmirani Majhi, Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi Laishram shooting at the Olympic Training Centre in Marica near Rio de Janerio.

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President Pranab Mukherjee presents Padma Shri to archer Deepika Kumari at the Padma Awards 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Archer Rajat Chauhan of Rajasthan during the compound bow archery event at the National Games in Kochi.

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Sunder Singh from Manipur in action during the men's archery event during the National Games in Kochi.

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From left Bronze medal winners Indian team members Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Purvasha Sudhir Shende, Trisha Deb on the podium during medal ceremony for the compound Women's team gold medal archery match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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India's team members Jyothi Surekha Vennam competes at the compound women's team gold medal archery match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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From left, Gold medal winning Indian team members Sandeep Kumar, Raijat Chauhan and Abhishek Verma on the podium during medal ceremony for the compound Men's team gold medal archery match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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India's Trisha Deb competes in the compound women's Individual bronze medal archery match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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Indian team members Abhishek Verma, Raijat Chauhan, Sandeep Kumar, celebrate with their coach(L) after winning the compound Men's team gold medal archery match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea

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National Champion Deepika Kumari displays her gold medal after she retained the title at the 34th Senior National Archery Championship at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni tries his hands at archery, near Ranchi.

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File Photo of Archer Deepika Kumari. Kumari won silver medal in archery world cup in Paris on Sunday.

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Archer Deepika Kumari. Kumari won silver medal in archery world cup in Paris.

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Ace archer Dipika Kumari in tears after intense media pressure for interviews in New Delhi. Dipika was being approached by several reporters for interviews after she along with her teammates was felicitated by the Archery Association of India.

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Indian women archers, from left, Rimil Buriuly, Deepika Kumari and Laishram Bombayla Devi arrives at IGI in New Delhi. The team saw a mixed response at the airport as there was no body from the Association and also from Sports Authority of India (SAI) to receive or welcome the world champions. On Aug 25 the team had defeated the Olympic champions and top seeded Koreans to clinch the gold medal in World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Archer Deepika Kumari flashes victory sign as she is welcomed on her return in Jamshedpur after winning Silver medal in the individual recurve event of World Cup championship in Japan.

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Deepika Kumari Archery The world no. 1 ‘bowed out’ in the very first round of the individual event

Deepika Kumari shoots during an elimination round of the individual archery competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Rahul Banerjee secured a rare win for India in the Olympic archery men individual event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Deepika Kumari shoots during the women's archery team competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Tarundeep Rai follows through on his shot during the team elimination stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Rahul Banerjee shoots during the elimination stage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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Jayanta Talukdar aims for the target during an individual ranking round at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.

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South Korea's Im Dong-hyun celebrates his world record during an individual ranking round at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Dong-hyun set world record in the round with a 699 score.

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Archer Jayanta Talukdar (L) during a training session prior to the ranking round of the men's archery individual event at the Olympic Games 2010 in London.

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India's Deepika Kumari, left, Tarundeep Rai aim for their targets during training at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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French President Francois Hollande takes aim, as he prepares to shoot an arrow as he visits members of the French Archery team for the London Olympics 2012, at the training headquarters in Paris.

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Members of Indian Archery team pose before leaving for the upcoming London Olympic Games in Kolkata Airport.

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DEEPIKA KUMARI, 17, wins a World Cup archery gold, her first. The Ranchi native beat South Korea’s Olympic gold medallist Lee Sung Jin 6-4 in the finals.

Archer Deepika Kumari arrives at Kolkata after winning her first World Cup individual recurve gold medal in Turkey.

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Ace archerer Dipika Kumari (R) being felicitated by Principal of Marwari High School in Ranchi for winning the gold medal in Jr World Championship in America.

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An archer dressed in a traditional Japanese warrior's attire shoots an arrow during New Year's Shito ritual ceremony of archery at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

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Deepika Kumari After two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, she missed a medal at the tougher test, the Asian Games. But the 16-year-old archer, of humble, small-town origins, holds out promises of much greater glory.

India's Tarundep Rai takes aim during the men's individual archery event of the 16th Asian Games at Aoti Archery Rance in Gunagzhou, China.

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Rahul Banerjee, Mangal Singh Champia and J Talukdar display their medals as they pose for pictures after winning bronze medal in men's team archery event of 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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Ex-archery champ and Indian archery coach CHERUKURI LENIN, 27, dies in a Vijayawada car accident. His ward and CWG silver medallist Ritul Chatterjee though escaped unhurt.

Gold winner India's Deepika Kumari, left, and bronze winner India's Dola Banerjee pose during the medals presentation ceremony of the archery women's individual recurve event during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Gold winner India's Rahul Banerjee poses at the medals ceremony of the archery men's individual recurve event during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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India's Deepika Kumari reacts after winning gold in the archery women's individual recurve event during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Gold winner India's Rahul Banerjee, center, silver winner Canada's Jason Lyon, left, and bronze winner India's Jayanta Talukdar pose at the medals ceremony of the archery men's individual recurve event during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Gold winner India's Rahul Banerjee acknowledges the crowd after winning the men's archery individual recurve event during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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Deepika Kumari displays her gold medal during the medals presentation ceremony of the archery women's individual recurve event during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi. Teenage archer Deepika announced her arrival at the world stage by upsetting an Olympic bronze medallist to win the recurve gold while pistol shooter Harpreet Singh added another to help India leap past England into the second spot at the Commonwealth Games today. With these two gold medals India's tally stood at 28, just four short of their record tally at Manchester in 2002, and gave them an overall medal haul of 29-22-23.

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India's archery team members, from left, Ritul Chatterjee, Jionas Chittibomma and Chinna Raju Srither, celebrate after wining silver medals in the men's team compound final during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.

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