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