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Asian Games: A watershed moment for Indian sports

While our achievements at the Asian Games are indeed laudable, they're part of a larger narrative as we build towards the Paris Olympics

Indian men's hockey team players pose for a picture on winning gold in the men's hockey at Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou on Friday.
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 04:48 AM IST

The pivotal role of sport in an aspirational India

Abhinav Bindra writes about the importance of sport and why India should rethink its model of governing various disciplines

We need to be smart and invest in the new disciplines that are coming under the Olympic fold. Sport in India presents a fantastic opportunity for us to develop a sound base and gun for greater success. You don’t want to suddenly wake up 10 years down the road and say, “Okay, let’s start here.” There is no better time to invest in Indian sport. The time is ripe. (Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 07:37 PM IST

Athletes are chasing their golden dreams, writes Abhinav Bindra

While the strong sense of self-belief now exists in our athletes, unfortunately our talent development systems have not kept pace.

Abhinav Bindra poses for a photo after the men’s 10m air rifle final at Shooting Range Hall at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing.(AP)
Updated on Nov 15, 2017 11:16 PM IST
ByAbhinav Bindra

Dear me: Desire to know, attention to detail will be key - Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra tells his younger self that the Olympic dream is an obsessive search that will define him.

Abhinav Bindra was India’s first ever athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.(Mohit Suneja)
Updated on Aug 11, 2017 04:32 PM IST
ByAbhinav Bindra

India has its challenges, but we need to define our sporting aspirations: Bindra

There are many things that go into achieving success in Olympics. One of the most important is the quality of training. We can’t cut corners there. You have to work really, really hard.

Abhinav Bindra hits the bulls eye. “India has numerous challenges. We are a developing country, we have poverty. So we have to define whether Olympics are a higher priority. But if we want our athletes to win, we need long-term investment.”(Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 04, 2016 05:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra

India needs to first define its sporting aspirations

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Published on Aug 23, 2016 10:15 AM IST
ByABHINAV BINDRA

India needs to first define its sporting aspirations: Abhinav Bindra

India has numerous challenges. But if we want our athletes to win, we need long-term investment, says the Beijing gold medallist.

Indian athletes end up having to travel overseas to get the necessary expertise in their sport. Badminton is a notable exception.(AP)
Updated on Aug 23, 2016 09:20 PM IST
ByAbhinav Bindra

Sachin’s retirement ends a great era: Abhinav Bindra

India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra talks about qualities required to become the ultimate champion.

Updated on Nov 14, 2013 11:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra

Little things that can make a big difference in the Olympics

You may think I am being a bit pedantic after reading this column. But I am going to get into a variety of details that go around managing an athlete’s life and performance at the Olympics. Underestimating the small things is to misunderstand the psychology of sport.

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Updated on Nov 05, 2013 01:23 AM IST
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Strong university competition the need of the hour

If we have a professionally run school and college league, it will foster the right environment and the right coaching and nurturing at that level. This is a way forward to improve domestic competition, writes Abhinav Bindra.

Updated on Oct 21, 2013 12:01 AM IST
ByAbhinav Bindra

Grassroots the key to greener sporting pastures

The lack of a structured method to develop talent at the grassroots level is one of the greatest missing links on the roadmap for development of sport in the country.

Updated on Sep 23, 2013 03:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra

Not just talent, infrastructure the key to producing champions

As our sports administrators continue to fight the International Olympic Committee over implementation of stringent ethical guidelines, which to me is non-negotiable, I want to talk about another thing our sport badly needs - a high performance training centre (HPTC). Abhinav Bindra writes.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2013 03:57 AM IST
ByAbhinav Bindra

Need right people, not VIPs

As the parent body for Olympic sport in the country, the IOA should be a model organisation, setting the highest standards of governance for other bodies to derive strength from, writes Abhinav Bindra.

Updated on Dec 06, 2012 01:44 AM IST
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These people make my blood boil

I have always wondered in my 17 years of sporting career as to what role the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has played in the development of sport in the country, apart from forwarding the entries of athletes for major competitions. Abhinav Bindra writes.

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Updated on Dec 04, 2012 09:03 PM IST
ByAbhinav Bindra

When you need it, it becomes a matter of life and death

First of all, my heartiest congratulations to Gagan Narang for winning bronze in the 10m air rifle event. The way he shot in the qualifications, being in the top three, and then fighting it out in the finals was simply great. Abhinav Bindra writes

Updated on Aug 02, 2012 12:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, London

When you need it, it becomes a matter of life and death

First of all, my heartiest congratulations to Gagan Narang for winning bronze in the 10m air rifle event. The way he shot in the qualifications, being in the top three, and then fighting it out in the finals was simply great. Abhinav Bindra writes. Abhinav says

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Updated on Aug 02, 2012 03:46 AM IST
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Sibling strength

All things said, there’s nothing like having a sister. And I’ve been lucky to have one who has indulged me from the day I made my entrance into the Bindra home!

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Updated on Aug 21, 2010 12:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

Second chances

Do second chances really exist? Does anyone really get a second chance? In a moment of almost brutal introspection I let my mind travel into areas I don’t normally venture.

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Updated on Aug 14, 2010 01:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

Of victory and defeat

I did not win this last competition and there is a lot of soul searching and self depreciation that accompanies the outcome.

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Updated on Aug 07, 2010 12:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

All nerves right now

Abhinav Bindra gets last minute jitteres before the World Championships begins. Read on for more...

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Updated on Jul 31, 2010 01:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

Save the best for the last

Abhinav Bindra shares his secret to performing well consistently and not getting bogged down by failure. Read on for more.

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Updated on Jul 24, 2010 01:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

Will Delhi be ready?

Abhinav Bindra wonders if the construction in Delhi will be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games. Read on.

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Updated on Jul 17, 2010 01:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

Let’s rethink national news

Abhinav Bindra shares his views on the media and its raucous.

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Updated on Jul 10, 2010 12:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

How you play the game

After a short trip to Serbia, I am now on my way back home. I hope to spend the next week recovering from the last several stressful, manic, hectic weeks!

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Updated on Jul 03, 2010 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, Mumbai

Brilliant or batty

Clearly, there is a fine line that divides insanity from the desire to excel. In my opinion, athletes are forever walking this absurd line.

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Updated on Jun 26, 2010 01:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi

Gripped by FIFA fever

The FIFA World Cup kicked off yesterday, and the euphoria is enormous. World Cup defines the pinnacle of success for football.

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Updated on Jun 12, 2010 12:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, Mumbai

Seeking perfection

It is a proven fact that all genius and excellence comes on a different wavelength and level of commitment...

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Updated on Jun 05, 2010 12:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, Mumbai

Be the change

I have created the Abhinav Bindra Foundation to put a formal structure to my ambitions for sports, health care and education for children. It’s time to raise awareness and get you all on board!

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Updated on May 29, 2010 12:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, Mumbai

Break the ice

I have always been painfully shy for as long back as I can remember. As a kid for the usual kid reasons, and now as an adult though things have improved somewhat, I’m still categorised as “reserved”.

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Updated on May 22, 2010 12:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, Mumbai

Give me ‘dog values’

Looking for unconditional love, loyalty, compassion and support? I know it sounds suspiciously like an advertorial in shaadi.com, but actually it describes the virtues of my St Bernard, Buddy and my Beagle Chhotu!

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Updated on May 15, 2010 12:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhinav Bindra, New Delhi
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