Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra said on Sunday that the government should not be in the business of sports as it’s neither their job nor can they do it well.
“The government should really not be involved in the business of sports because it’s not their job. They can’t really do it well,” Bindra said at a session on sports at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (TSKLM).
He also said that world sport was at such a competitive level where professionals were needed to handle everything as they knew how to run sports and take decisions.
“The government is doing whatever they can do. They have their own way of functioning, audits, accounting processes which takes time and unfortunately all athletes do not have time. Funds should come when needed. It is not the ideal situation,” the shooter said.
On whether things have changed in the last 6-7 years, he said “we have made progress.”
“The government has increased funding. For example shooting gets more funding and rightfully so because we have won medals,” he said. Bindra recalled that when he was in the sports committee, one of the politicians said the age limit for the president of sports body should be increased to 95.
“I do not have any problem with that if politicians want to stay but we should have paid CEOs running the bodies professionally,” he said.
Bindra, who had won gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said competing at the Olympics was a very draining experience.
“To win a medal I have to give everything. I am not really talented. I needed two years to recover,” he said adding that he was not an athlete and the only talent he had was hard work.