Fazila Khatun, a 14-year-old archer, from Sports Academy of India (Bolpur) was injured yesterday after a stray arrow pierced her neck during a practice session. The arrow, that hit Khatun while she was resting near the range, hit her near the collarbone and luckily for her missed the windpipe.
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SAI regional director MS Goindi revealed that the youngster was "out of danger" and was recovering at from the injury at the hospital while adding that she should not have been close to the targets.
"A stray arrow hit hear near the collarbone luckily it's not pierced through the windpipe and she is now out of danger," Goindi told PTI.
"The girl was taking rest at a shade a few meters away from the target when the misfired arrow hit her. We have spoken to her family members and the girl has also apologised realising that she should not be sitting close to the target."
However, Goindi did acknowledge that the coaches had to be held accountable for the incident and that he would ensure that such an accident would not occur again.
"All the coaches are accountable, I will go through the reports to ensure that such mishaps don't happen again," Goindi added.