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Abhinav Bindra says goodbye in bad year for seniors

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Dion Global

20 Dec 2016

India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist till date, Abhinav Bindra quit the sport he loved dearly and practised with single-minded devotion over the last 2 decades, after winning plenty of laurels across the world, as per the media reports.

He officially announced his retirement from shooting in September, by saying that, “It is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation.”

With the profile of the sport taking a beating of sorts post Rio, youngsters would do well take a leaf out of Bindra’s book of training, said the PTI report.

The World and Olympic champion missed out on a second Olympic podium finish by a whisker in his last Games after losing in a tense shoot-off, but still he was by far the best Indian shooter on view in Rio.

It was appropriate that the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), governing body for sport in the country, commemorated the glittering career of Bindra at a gala ceremony.

While the sport made noises outside, by the standards Indian shooters have set over the years, it was quiet inside the ranges. Performing regularly gave way to winning a rare medal or two intermittently.

The debacle in Rio was the first time since 2004 that India finished without a medal at an Olympic Games, prompting the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to formulate a review committee headed by Bindra immediately after the multi-sport extravaganza to examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner the reasons behind the failure.