Show your guts, Olympic gold winner Bindra tells youth

January 16th, 2009 - 12:17 am ICT by IANS  

Abhinav BindraKolkata, Jan 15 (IANS) “Show your guts and courage when it matters the most” - this is India’s Olympic gold winning shooter Abhinav Bindra’s advice to youngsters.Bindra, who became the toast of the nation by claiming the country’s first ever Olympic individual gold in the 10-m air rifle event in Beijing last year, said: “There will always be the pressure to deliver. What counts is showing your guts and courage at the point when it matters the most.”

Reminding the youngsters that the journey ahead will always be tougher, he said frustration and discontent is part and parcel of a sportsman’s life.

“The challenge lies in channelising them in the proper direction rather than getting demotivated. Look forward to competitions as they turn you more confident and enable you to get rid of nervousness,” the Chandigarh-based Bindra said.

Speaking at a felicitation ceremony at a city hotel, Bindra was his customary cool self. “I’d have had something higher to aspire for had I won a silver or bronze in the Olympics,” he said, when asked whether a silver or a bronze at Beijing would have left him dejected.

Bindra did not rule out the option of playing his trade in a new event besides his pet 10-m air rifle category. “I’m adventurous by nature, so I might adventure with something new.”

Bindra expressed satisfaction with the shooting infrastructure in the big cities, but stressed on having smaller rangers all over the country.

“I’ve seen two of the best shooting ranges in India, one in Pune and the other in New Delhi. All around the country there are proper ranges coming up. However, it’s the smaller ones which should be spread everyone, especially in smaller centres,” he said.

On the financial struggles of current women’s 50-m air rifle national record holder Lajja Goswami, who has been facing difficulty to cope with the rising cost of ammunition, he said: “The Mittal Championship Trust is trying to help her out.

“Something positive may well result. No doubt, a lot needs to be done so that everyone can have access to this sport which is truly an expensive one,” he said.

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