Bindra Calls For Improvement In Athlete Support System


New Delhi: Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra has called for improvement in the professional support system of the athletes so that India keeps winning a big haul of medals and producing a continuous line of top performers.

Speaking at Excellence in Learning and Mastering of Sports and Physical Literacy (ELMS) Foundation here, Bindra said: “Indian sports have come a long way. But there is still much distance to travel. Until we address and improve the overall depth of professional support of our athletes, we will not have the consistency that is needed to keep on replacing the top athletes.”

“I wonder what results can be produced if we introduce and groom our most talented youngsters systematically in a scientific and professional manner. While I have achieved my dreams and have been successful in my own sporting career, I now have new dreams and wish to empower the next generation of talents in a meaningful and sustainable way,” added Bindra.

The event was also attended by former badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand and Minister of State (MoS) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

“A High-Performance Manager is someone who has an intrinsic deep knowledge of sports. They will oversee the whole sport in a result-oriented mindset. They are not bound to one sport and can seamlessly move and develop different sports,” concluded the Beijing Olympics gold medalist.