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Shooting needs govt's patronage

punjab Updated: Dec 27, 2012 00:03 IST
Harshraj Singh

Padma Bhushan shooter Abhinav Bindra said that he would start preparing for the next Olympics only after going through the new rules.

A winner of the gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in 10-metre air rifle event, Bindra said he would now prepare according to the new rules.

When asked about the status of shooting in India, he said youngsters were developing interest in shooting, which is an individual's game and technical too. "There are many challenges in it, but there is lot of talent in India as well. What is required the most is promotion of the game here," he said.

"At present, I don't have any plan to open an academy as I am busy playing. However, I am helping the players at my personal-level by sharing my experiences with youngsters and encouraging them. The significance of the game is increasing here," he said.

Responding to a question on International Olympic Committee suspending India, Bindra said that he was not aware that what actually had happened, however the Indian Olympic Association should follow the rules. I hope the ban would be lifted soon, he added.

Speaking on the Indian players' performance in Olympics vis-à-vis foreign players, especially the European and American, he said it would not be proper to compare the performance of Indian players with other countries' players in Olympics, as there is difference between facilities available to players in India and other countries.

Urging the government to come forward to promote shooting, Bindra said: "Shooting is a expensive game, hence the governments should come forward to help the players so that their talent can be harnessed." If there was a political interference in sports, then it should only be for the goodwill of sports, he said while answering dominance of politics in sports.

Commenting on Sachin's retirement from one-dayers, Bindra said: "Sachin is a great player. He takes decisions the way he feels right. I don't want to comment more on this."

He said had he not been a shooter, he would be a journalist. However, he parried questions on his marriage, saying: "I'll send an invite to you, when I get married."