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Bhopal: Abhinav Bindra puts retirement speculations to rest

bhopal Updated: Sep 30, 2015 21:52 IST
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Abhinav Bindra

Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra at a felicitation function in Bhopal on Tuesday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

Olympic gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra said in Bhopal on Tuesday he was not thinking of taking retirement from shooting.

After winning a gold medal in Asian Air Gun Championship, Bindra said he is concentrating on bagging a medal at the Rio Olympics.

In a function held at a city hotel, Bindra said, “I am not thinking of taking retirement. I have no pressure like that as it is not possible to perform in pressure. I am on the right track as I scored well in Asian Air Gun Championship. I have 11 months for Rio Olympics and I am focusing on training only.”

Earlier, Bindra had announced his retirement from professional shooting at the time of Incheon Asian Games.

However, Bindra avoid commenting on allegation levelled by MC Mary Kom of discrimination by official and referees. Bindra said, “I will not comment on any particular case but I can say a general thing that discrimination is something which is very bad and there should be no place for discrimination in the world of sports.”

Replying to a question on support of National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to him, Bindra said, “In the past 10 years, Indian sports have improved a lot. The Government of India is also funding to shooting athletes. Shooting teams are being sent for many competitions.”

Abhinav Bindra has expressed hopes to formally tie-up with Madhya Pradesh Sports Shooting Academy by the end of the year. “My foundation is working in MP and we are hoping for collaboration with the academy soon,” said Bindra.

Director, sports Upendra Jain said, “We are going to start a project of Rs 10 crore to develop 10 m air rifle shooting range and will tie up with Bindra so that trainees get guidance from him.”