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Bindra confident of shooters doing well in Paris Olympics

Kolkata: Beijing Olympics gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on Friday said he was confident that India would overcome the dismal show in the Tokyo Games in shooting and do well in the sport at the Paris Olympics of 2024.
‘We may not have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics, but I am sure we will do well next time in 2024 Paris Olympics. We have good talents in our country and I think what we can do is support them with all our heart. The sport has grown in India.

Before we had some 200 participants in National Shooting, now it’s around 10,000. This shows the growth,” Bindra told the media here.
The iconic shooter, who became the country’s first individual Olympics gold medalist when he won the 10 m air rifle event at Beijing in 2008, looked back at his sporting career with satisfaction, calling it a learning experience and special journey.
“I am now retired. It has really been a special journey throughout my career. Besides winning medals for my country, I look back at my career very differently and from different lengths. I have developed special relationships with my parents and the competitors. The sport has taught me how to win, how to fight, how to respect opponents,” said Bindra, who is here as the event ambassador of the
Tata Steel Kolkata 25K run to be held on Sunday.
Bindra expressed happiness at the response to the seventh edition of the meet and said as an active shooting professional he ran 10 km five days a week to be at the top of his fitness. “It is really good to see the response in Kolkata and spirit of the people. The city has been quite close to my heart. It is wonderful to see the event happening again after a gap. It is such a fine platform to bring together people from all walks of life be it men or women
“It is really heart-warming to see it grow year after year. It is all about living in the moment, enjoying the experience, having a lot of fun, no matter what the outcome is and being happy,” he said.
Asked about his experience of representing the country in the Olympic Games, Bindra said: “Olympics has always had a special place in my heart. It’s about the journey that we go through. We face ups and downs, but you need to enjoy the journey”.
On how he kept himself fit, the former world champion said “I was in a sport which required cardiovascular fitness. When you are under pressure or shooting, your heart beats fast. You can only cope with this pressure when you are physically fit. I used to spend hours in gym to keep myself fit and worked on my cardiovascular fitness running 10 kms five days a week”.
In his stellar sporting career, Bindra also bagged multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.
Talking about the ongoing football World Cup, Bindra disclosed that he was rooting for Lionel Messi-led Argentina ahead of the summit clash between the South American giants and the defending champions France.
“Messi is such a fabulous player and he surely deserves a world cup trophy before he retires,” he added. (UI)

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