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Deepika Kumari

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 with her partner archer Atanu Das 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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Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare Jitu Patwari (2nd L) felicitates Olympic medal winning archer Deepika Kumari at the inauguration ceremony of Gurunanak Dev Olympic Sports Centre at TT Nagar Stadium in Bhopal.

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

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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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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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