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World No. 2 Women’s Recurve Archer Deepika Kumari becomes Celebrity ‘UNICEF Supporter’

Deepika
© UNICEF India/2012
World No 2 Women’s Recurve archer from Jharkhand, Deepika Kumari with Job Zachariah, the Chief of Field for UNICEF in Jharkhand. The champion archer announced her support to the cause of UNICEF as celebrity supporter for ensuring rights of children.

RANCHI, Jharkhand, 27 September, 2012 - World No. 2 Women’s Recurve archer from Jharkhand Deepika Kumari today announced her support to the cause of UNICEF in Jharkhand as a celebrity supporter for ensuring rights of children.

Speaking at the special function organized in UNICEF Ranchi office, Ms. Kumari said, “I have a special place in my heart for children, particularly those who are disadvantaged. I am fortunate to be in a situation where I can make a difference to their lives. I therefore welcome this association with UNICEF which will enable me to make a difference to the society and people who have given me so much.”

She said, “If girls are provided equal opportunities, they can excel in any area. Healthy, and educated children are the best investment for the future.”

Job Zachariah Chief, UNICEF Jharkhand said, “UNICEF is proud to welcome Deepika Kumari as a celebrity supporter in our work to ensure health and education of children and to create a protective environment. She is an icon for the youth and enjoys tremendous recognition across the country. Her support to UNICEF will help in promoting survival, development and protection of children in Jharkhand.”

Ms. Kumari hails from Ratu Chati village near Ranchi and currently works as Manager Sports, Tata Steel Ltd, Jamshedpur. Deepika won silver medal in the women’s recurve archery event at the recently held Archery World Cup final in Tokyo. She was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award by President of India Pranab Mukherjee this year.

In May 2012, she won her first World Cup individual recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey. Later in 2012, she became world no.1 in the Women's Recurve Archery. She participated in the London Olympics 2012 as well. In 2011 she won the Gold medal in the individual recurve event of the World Youth Archery Competition at Legnika, Poland.

In the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010, Deepika won two gold medals, one in the individual event and other in the women's team recurve event.

UNICEF collaborates globally with renowned personalities from the field of sports, music and the performing and film arts. These celebrity supporters are chosen based on the respect and appeal they command as genuine humanitarians. As a supporter, Ms. Deepika Kumari joins a distinguished list of well-known and respected personalities who serve on behalf of the world’s children.

For more information, and interviews, please contact:

Job Zachariah,
Chief, UNICEF Jharkhand
Tel: 09334385115, email: jobzachariah@unicef.org 

 

 

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