Abhinav Bindra Bids Goodbye to Shooting, Says ‘It’s Time to Move on’, Yes, it’s true. Abhinav Bindra, India’s solitary individual Olympic gold medallist, on Sunday formally declared his retirement from shooting, saying ‘it is time to move on and hand over the baton to the younger generation.’
“It is an emotional day for me,” he said.
“I came fourth in Rio and now retiring after playing for two decades. In Rio, I didn’t won a medal and stood fourth but it gave me a great closure,” he said.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medallist likewise communicated appreciation to the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), saying the association bolstered him and others shooters at each phase of their career.
“NRAI has supported the shooters. I want to thank NRAI. Under President Raninder Singh the sport has improved by leaps and bounds,” he said.
“I have always believed in working hard. There is no substitute to hard work. I have given my all shooting and have got even more. Thank you once again everyone,” he added.
President of NRAI, Raninder Singh while felicitating India’s ace shooter, said that it was just a small gesture from the side.
“The devotion, the focus with which Abhinav Bindra trains, is an example for everyone,” he said.
Having started his Olympic adventure in Sydney in 2000, the 33-year-old shooter qualified in three Olympic finals including his brilliant trip of Beijing in 2008 (Athens being the other one) in his pet 10m air rifle, while he missed out a major opportunity in Sydney and London.