Hailing Abhinav Bindra's successful attempt to win a gold medal at Beijing Games, former Olympian Gurbux Singh on Monday said it would inspire other sportspersons to do as well.
A member of the gold and bronze medal winning hockey teams in 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico Olympic Games respectively, Gurbux told PTI, "He has shown the way for others to follow.
"Let us hope that inspired by Bindra's success, Indian sportsmen achieve more golds at the forthcoming Olympics in 2012 and 2016."
"In fact, Bindra, I'm sure, will motivate the others in the Indian contingent to do well at the remaining events. His success will also inspire the country to produce more Olympians," the former hockey player said.
Urging the government to take proper care of the country's athletes, the 72-year-old said, "Bindra has proved that India is now a force to reckon with. So let us hope for a good treatment from the government. Let us hope that the country now provides more training and foreign exposure to its athletes so that they are better prepared for the forthcoming Olympics."
Indirectly taking a dig at cricket, Gurbux said, "Let us not forget that Abhinav has won a gold medal in the Games where 204 countries are participating. It's not a tournament in which 8-10 nations take part."
"His success ranks much higher. Bindra has set a precedent and people will now realise that besides cricket, there's a lot of fame and name in other sports."
"I was very hurt after our hockey team failed to qualify for the Olympics. I was so sad that I cancelled my trip to Beijing. However, being an Indian, I'm very happy and a proud man now," Gurbux said.