|Birth: 22 Feb 1985|
|World ranking: 70|
Laishram Bombayla Devi is an experienced archer who has represented India at the Olympics twice in a row at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She became the first women to qualify for the Beijing Olympics after a brilliant performance at the 2007 World Archery Championship at Leipzig in Germany.
The Indian women’s recurve archery team of Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro earned quota place for the London Games when they won a silver medal at the 46th World Archery Championship in Turin, Italy in 2011.
Bombayla started practicing archery in 1996 and became the member of the Indian team a decade after in 2006. Her moment of pride came when she won Gold at Recurve Team event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
In 2012, she was one of the proud recipients of ‘Arjuna Award′.
Bombayla, who hails from Manipur, started archery at a very tender age since she belongs to family of sports lovers in Imphal. Her mother M Jamini Devi, a state archery coach, introduced her to the sport while her father Manglem Singh is a handball coach. Bombayla later joined the SAI centre in Imphal and won her first national title in 2006 after defeating experienced Sumangla Sharma.
She has managed to establish herself in World Archery arena because of her determination, her passion for the sport and a desire to be among the best in the world.
Let us hope that the team gets the gold at Rio and make India the supreme nation for archery.