Abhinav Bindra announces retirement
- India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist
- Bindra has won everything possible in 10 meter air rifle
- After Rio Olympics, appointed as review committee chairman
Faridabad: Abhinav Bindra, 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medallist, announced his retirement from shooting on Sunday at a function organized by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in Faridabad.
After announcing retirement, in an emotional tone he told ‘it is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation.’
Being the only Indian individual Olympic gold medallist is one of several highlights in Bindra’s almost 20-year-long career.A near second Olympic medal was missed by a whisker at the recently-concluded Rio Olympics 2016. From multiple victories at World Cup events to continental and Commonwealth Games gold medals, Bindra’s exploits have elevated the profile of shooting in the country in the last decade or so.
Bindra’s international career began in 1998, when, at 15, he became the youngest participant in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. After he made the news in 1998, his performances improved steadily, and, after three years, he made a mark on the big stage by winning bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup. He also set a junior world record score of 597 out of 600 in the qualification round at the World Cup.
He also expressed gratitude to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), saying the organization supported him and other shooters at every stage of their career.
Bindra was appointed as the chairman of a review committee formulated by the NRAI to “examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner” the reasons as to why shooting failed in Rio Olympics.