Taking Inspiration from Bindra, Shooters Eyeing Tokyo 2020 Glory: NRAI President
At the recently concluded ISSF World Cup in Bologna, Indian shooters started firing once again to shrug of their Olympics disappointment.
New Delhi: Indian shooters had a nightmare outing at this year's Olympics, with the biggest ever contingent failing to win even a single medal in the discipline for the first time in 12 years.
2008 Gold Medallist Abhinav Bindra was the nation's biggest medal hope but he too returned home empty handed, missing the bronze medal by a whisker in the 10m Air Rifle Event in Rio. But the retired shooter still believes that the Rio outing was his best ever.
"I have played five Olympics so far, and in Beijing I clinched a Gold but still I rate Rio Olympics as my best one, even though I failed to grab any medal there. Still it will be my favourite because I learnt new things, faced many difficulties, did a lot of hard work," Bindra told reporters in the capital on Saturday.
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh agreed with Bindra's comments and told News18 that 'Abhinav fought like a tiger in Rio'.
"A gold is a gold but the fight back after the dip in London was historic. I think in terms of satisfaction for him Rio scores above Beijing and for me watching him prepare and then compete the way he did was rewarding and instructional", NRAI President told News18.
"We have all learnt a great deal from Rio - we now have our eyes firmly on Tokyo and humbly remember the lessons of Rio - to dwell more than we have already introspected shall serve no purpose. We must move forward in a transparent and constructive manner bearing in mind at all times what we have learnt in the past and calibrating our strategies as such. This is also what the take away from the Bindra committee report has been." said Raninder Singh.
And it seems that the shooters have taken the debacle in their stride and have already started to implement the lessons learnt in Rio.
At the recently concluded ISSF World Cup in Italy, Indian shooters started firing once again to shrug of their Olympics disappointment.
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai first won a silver medal in the 50m pistol event and then went on to clinch the Champions Trophy Title in the 10m Air Pistol event. While Mairaj Khan narrowly missed a medal in the men's Skeet event to finish fourth.
Raninder Singh congratulated the duo saying,"In my opinion these two have never been off track. It's impossible and may I venture to suggest unfair to expect an athlete to win every time, there are good days and bad ones. The WCF was a good day for both of them."
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