New Delhi, January 4
Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympics gold medallist, is hopeful of the country recording its best-ever medal haul in the upcoming edition of the event in Tokyo. India’s best showing at the Games remains the six medals won in London in 2012. “Tokyo Olympics could end up with our best ever medal haul even though the times are challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Bindra said. “Sport is not scripted but I do hope that we come back with our best medal haul and that means we will come back with five-six medals and better the London haul,” he added.
Bindra, who created history by winning the country’s first and to date only individual Olympics gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, is optimistic about a strong performance by the Indian shooting contingent in Tokyo. “I think each one of them has the ability to do their best, they have proved themselves in the last two-three years,” he said. “There are definite medal hopes not just in shooting but across other disciplines as well. We have many people who can be considered as realistic medal hopes going into Tokyo. But a lot also depends on that particular day.”
Speaking about the time after his Beijing heroics, when he contemplated giving up shooting, Bindra said meditation helped him regain his focus. “Post-Beijing, I wanted to give up. I went for a meditation retreat. That’s when I realised that I was still in love with the process,” he said. — PTI