Deepika Kumari. (TOI Photo)
KOLKATA: At a time when postponement is the buzz word, archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari decided to prepone their wedding. The duo had planned to get married after the 2020 Olympics.
However, with Tokyo Games being postponed to next year and no sporting events lined up at this moment, they decided the best day to start a new innings was the coming Tuesday.
Although the priest suggested two dates, one in June and the other in November, the duo settled for the first as they felt the national camp might resume in November and there should not be any further break in their preparation for the Olympics.
There is now a possibility of the duo becoming the second couple from Kolkata to represent the country in the same Olympic after Vece Paes and his then wife Jennifer did so in the 1972 Munich Olympics. While Vece is a former hockey midfielder, Jennifer participated in the basketball event.
If everything goes according to script, Atanu and Deepika will compete in the same archery event in Tokyo. The Kolkata boy has earned a team quota place along with Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav in the World Championships meet and the Ranchi girl grabbed an individual quota place by claiming the gold at the Asian Continental qualifying tournament in November last year. Both are expected to make the India squad this time.
While it will be Deepika’s, who celebrated her 26th birthday earlier this month, third Olympics, 28-year-old Atanu will make his second appearance.
The duo first met in 2008 and got engaged in 2018. They were lucky to leave the national camp in Pune just hours before the country went into lockdown in March and flew back home to Kolkata.
The marriage in Ranchi will now be held as per government guidelines that limit public gatherings to a maximum of 50 people, maintaining social distancing.