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Michael Peart rules out Rio 2016 bid

17:43 15 October 2012

Ipswich archer Michael Peart

Ipswich archer Michael Peart

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Michael Peart has ruled out Rio 2016 after announcing his retirement from top-flight archery – but could still make it to Brazil after coaching in Bhutan.

The multiple national champion, from Ipswich, was a Team GB reserve at the London Olympics after narrowly missing out on selection.

The 36-year-old has since given up on his Olympic dream as a competitor, but revealed he could still be flying out to Rio in four years’ time as a coach or reporter.

At London 2012 he was an archery correspondent at Lord’s Cricket Ground for LOCOG, while last month he spent two weeks coaching 100 keen archers in Bhutan.

“It was great to finally make the Olympics, even though I was a reporter,” he said.

“It wasn’t hard watching them compete at all; I really enjoyed it.

“I’ve done a lot of media work and then I was out coaching at Bhutan.

“It was a very interesting two weeks. We were expecting around 20 students but 100 turned up on the first day.

“Everyone there is archery mad. The local villages play against each other and even the king and prime minister shoot too.

“Bhutan has archery as its national sport but they shoot to their rules, not the international rules.”

Bhutan have never medalled at the Olympics and before the London Games had only competed in archery.

“Bhutan normally only has one athlete in the Olympic Games and it’s always an archer,” added the former world number two compound archer.

“They only know the traditional side of it so we split them into three groups and taught them the modern way of shooting, such as the correct shooting distance and scoring system

“There is a four-year plan and I’m hoping to help them out again.

“It was fantastic and I really enjoyed it but it was very hard work actually. I worked 7am-7pm and only had one afternoon off.”

Peart, who also reported from last month’s World Archery World Cup, maintains he will continue to compete for his club Essex & Suffolk.

But the former multiple national record holder, who is also looking to become a self-employed coach, admits there will always be one regret to reflect on.

“It’s mainly the younger athletes getting the medals now so it’s maybe time for new challenges,” he added.

“I am going to stop training full-time as a professional. I think I am always going to shoot but I’m stepping away from top-level competitions.

“My only regret is not competing at the Olympics. But you can’t control the journey.

“If you are only doing it for the success, chances are you won’t get it.

“There is more failure than success. Even the most successful can’t win them all.

“I have learned more from my failures than successes.”

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