In a unique gesture of giving back to the sport, India's only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra’s foundation gave high quality German made Walther air rifles to the five young budding shooters in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Abhinav Bindra Foundation in association with GoSports Foundation distributed the rifles worth Rs 10 lakh.
The promising young shooters, who got the rifles are Arun Sharma (21) of Jammu & Kashmir, Prashant Tanwar (19) of Harayana, Nikhil B (16) of Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh's Satyam Chauhan (20) and Gajendra Rai (16).
The shooters have been identified under the Abhinav Bindra and GoSports Foundation's Shooting Development Programme, which offers support to 30 India's top rifle and pistol shooters.
The Programme also offers shooting training and access to high-performance sports science expertise to the selected shooters through Development Workshops, in addition to monetary support and personalised mentorship by Olympians Bindra and Suma Shirur.
The shooters have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants. The selection process was overseen by Bindra himself, who headed the selection panel consisting of other top shooters and experts.
Abhinav’s father Dr AS Bindra, who is also one of the board members of the trust, distributed the rifles. Abhinav is currently training in Munich.
"Indian shooters are an extremely talented bunch, and they have been performing extremely well at all levels of competition. The five shooters we have chosen for equipment support have demonstrated great potential, and in spite of limited resources, are doing well at the national level," said Dr Bindra. "I would like to thank Walther Arms for extending their support and offering equipment to our young shooters. We hope that the high-quality and precision of these new
weapons will propel them to greater heights, and provide them an impetus to become world class shooters," he added.
Arun Sharma, 21 (Jammu), who after graduating last year from the NCC, was left with no equipment to train with. “Shooting is an expensive sport, it was very difficult for me to meet the cost and had even considered quitting. I am thankful to the foundation for supporting me,” said Arun.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
The GoSports Foundation’s Abhinav Bindra Shooting Development Programme was launched in October 2014 by GoSports Foundation and Abhinav Bindra Foundation to provide scholarships, highquality equipment and personalised mentorship for 30 top Indian junior shooters.