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Bindra to reach Games Village ahead of other Indian shooters

chandigarh Updated: Jul 04, 2012 14:44 IST

Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra will be checking into the Games Village in London a few days ahead of the other Indian shooters for the upcoming edition of the quadrennial extravaganza in the British capital.

One of India's brightest medal hopes, Bindra will be defending the historic gold medal he won in Beijing four years ago in the 10-metre air rifle event.

"Abhinav will be reaching the Games Village before us. He will practice for four to five days and then take a break," national coach Sunny Thomas told.

The other shooters are planning to arrive at the village on July 21, six days prior to the opening ceremony on July 27, according to Thomas.

Bindra along with Gagan Narang will be representing India in the 10-metre event, and both are seen as bright medal prospects.

Thomas also said that some of India's top shooters, including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee Narang, will be leaving for Germany on Friday for their final phase of preparations for the upcoming Games.

Besides Narang, those travelling to Germany are Heena Sidhu, Rahi Sarnobat, Annu Raj Singh and Vijay Kumar.

Joydeep Karmakar has been in Germany for a while, training with Bindra and coach Heinz Reinkemeier, who helped the 10-metre rifle ace from Zirakpur, Punjab clinch the gold in Beijing.

Bindra shot impressive scores in the two competitions at the Training Camp London for select shooters in an event in France last week.