"I believe in an athlete’s life, winning is important, but, the journey is
more meaningful. The constant pursuit toward overcoming one’s own limitations and
always challenging the part of you that says you will not or cannot win. I am convinced
that everybody has, at some time in their life, faced an equivalent. Something that
feels insurmountable. My, perhaps unsolicited, advice is enjoy the ride. Let’s face
it, roller coasters are far more thrilling than merry go rounds."
- Abhinav Bindra
IN 1996, a 13-year-old Abhinav Bindra watched the gifted Jaspal Rana take
an aim at the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta. He then looked at his sister and declared,
“one day I will win a medal”. In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, Abhinav had his
shot at history, and became the first India to ever win an individual Gold Medal
in Olympics, since 1900, the year India participated in the Games for the first
time. He is also the first Indian to bag the World Championship in Air Rifle Shooting
in Zagreb, 2006. Success came to him early. At age 17, he competed in his first
Olympic Games in Sydney (2000). At 15, he was member of the Indian Commonwealth
Games Team, and before he turned 20, he broke the world record in shooting. At 25,
he was an Olympic champion.
But Abhinav’s journey to become the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold,
and the first Indian to win a World Championship gold, is far more than that. It
is a triumph born of a tragedy, one that struck him at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Defeated, he changed as a shooter: from a boy who loved shooting to an athlete bent
on redemption, becoming a scientist who would try anything, including mapping his
own brain, to win in Beijing.
“All my life shooting has been a struggle. A contest with the self. Every
ten has been a battle, every performance has demanded that I look within for an
answer. To win, one needs an internal rage, desperation, a hardness and eventually
I became a shooter who relish a fight.”
Imperfection is not in his dictionary. Even if he had to shoot a ten, he had to
shoot a better ten.
“Whatever your mind can conceive, your heart can believe, you can achieve.”
His unparalleled achievements in the shooting arena have brought laurels to the
country right from his first win in 1995 at the Ropar district shooting championship.
He received the Arjuna Award at the young age of 17 and has been the youngest recipient
of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards – the highest sporting honor in the country
at 18 years. Abhinav has also been decorated with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest
civilian honor, in 2009 after his historic Gold Medal win at the Beijing Olympics
in 2008. In 2011, he along with cricketer MS Dhoni was conferred with the honorary
rank of Lt Colonel by the Territorial Army. After cricketers Kapil Dev and Sachin
Tendulkar, and Malayalam superstar Mohan Lal, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra joined the armed forces, albeit in a honorary
capacity. The then President Pratibha Patil approved granting the honorary rank
of Lt-Colonel to Dhoni and Bindra in the Territorial Army (TA), the part-time citizen's
force which functions as a `vital adjunct' to the regular Army.
A sporting legend, Abhinav is not a product of overnight success, but of extreme
hardwork and unflinching dedication and discipline towards his sport. His quest
for flawlessness saw him undertake neuro feedbacks, conquer his fear of heights
by climbing 40 feet high pizza pole in Germany, take up speed running, rowing in
Lake Chimsee in Germany, snow walking in the challenging Bavarian alps, dry firing
in dark room, laying in a still meditative position in a Samadhi (state of deep
concentration) tank, getting custom-made shooting jackets, replicating the floor,
panel and lights of Beijing at his own shooting range, hiring a hall to get a feel
of spatial awareness…Behind the highs were the lows too, that drove him to do better.
Where in 1999 his rank slipped – 89 in Munich World Cup, 94 in Milan, 69 in Atlanta
and a total letdown in Asian Championships in Malaysia in 2000, the world championship
in Zagreb and Olympics catapulted him to stardom, and to a well-earned pedestal
of respect and awe amongst his peers.
Abhinav’s sporting abilities also find their root in the family - his grandfather
Bir Singh was an army officer and retired colonel who played hockey for the Services
and along hockey legend Dhyan Chand. He zen like calm perhaps flows from his late
grandmother Kartar Kaur who was heavily into spiritualism. His hero and role model
has been his industrialist father Dr Apjit Singh Bindra while his mother, Babli
Bindra and sister Divya, pillars of strength. In fact, Babli Bindra was part of
Panjab University’s first women’s cricket team, was into softball, table tennis,
basketball and hockey and was the fifth generation descendant of Hari Singh Nalwa,
the commander in chief of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army.
Abhinav was the first of many thousands of relay runners who carried the baton for
the New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, across the globe. The New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth
Games Queen’s Baton Relay commenced from Buckingham Palace on October 29 with Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passing the baton in the presence of former President
of India, Pratibha Patil.
Bindra was also honored with the two top awards at the first ever Sahara Indian
Sports Awards. He was adjudged as “The Sportsman of the Year”. His gold medal winning
feat at the Beijing Olympics 2008 was declared as “the Most Memorable Moment of
the Year” in Indian Sport.
Soon, the Government of India invited him to be a part of their initiatives towards
national integration, etc. He was the first speaker at the event “A Nation In Solidarity”.
This was hosted by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the behest of the then Home Minister
P Chidambaram himself and was held in memory of the victims of terror attacks in
India including incidents in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, among others. The
event was held at India Gate in New Delhi and was dedicated to the cause of the
nation coming together in its fight against terror. He was also member of Central
Selection Committee for the National Youth Awards 2008-09, constituted by the Ministry
of Youth Affairs & Sports. This committee was chaired by the then Minister of Youth
Affairs & Sports Dr M S Gill.
A visionary, Abhinav Bindra believes in being the change, in going for the gold.
In his relentless pursuit for better sports in India, he started the Clean Sports
campaign and the Abhinav Bindra Foundation. He is also working towards creating
‘Olympia’, an ambitious world-class housing project eight kilometres off Dehradun,
on the Dehradun-Rishikesh highway.
Abhinav, along with leading Bollywood actors Ajay Devgn and Bipasha Basu joined
hands with Animal Planet to generate nationwide interest on tigers and the threats
affecting their survival.
He also collaborated with NDTV on their Marks for Sports campaign.
Ever since his historic win, Abhinav Bindra has been a strong advocate of healthy
sports environment in the country and been delivering lectures and speeches at leading
educational institutes of the country like the International School of Business,
GoSports Foundation Athletes Conclave (2013), Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO)
Major Achievements :
Key Awards :
- Participated in Rio Olympics 2016 and scored 625.7+163.8. Finished at 4th Position.
- Participated in ISSF World Cup Baku in June and scored 627.4 +102.3 finished in 7th Position.
- Participated in ISSF World Cup Munich in May and scored 626.2 with 15th position.
- Participated in ISSF World Cup Rio in April and scored 626.2 with 10th position
- Participated in ISSF World Cup Bangkok in March and scored 622.7 with 18th position.
- Won 2 Gold Medal and 1 Silver in the Tri Series Intershoot Shooting
Championship held in The Hague, The Netherlands on 4th, 5th & 6th February.
- Represented India in ISSF World Cup – Bangkok and scored 622.7.
- Won Gold Medal in the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship at
Delhi with a score of 627.9 +208.3. Also won the Gold in the Team event
- Participated in world cup Rifle - Munich in may 2015 & scored
627.5 + 122.4
and qualified for the Rio Olympic - 2016 2015
- Participated in Hannover Air Rifle grand prix and Won a
Gold Medal in
individual & team event 2015
- Participated in the world cup Rifle- Fort Benning USA in
& scored 624.6 2015
- Participated in the world cup Changwon South Korea in April
and scored 619.8 2015
- Shot 632.1 in the qualifiers and 208.5 in the final to clinch
the gold at the International Air Rifle Shooting Competition held in Munich Germany
on 31st January 2015
- Won gold medals in the Tri Series Inter Shoot shooting championship
at the Hague. Nethertands on 6th. 7th and 8th February 2014
- First Shooter to win three gold medals in three successive
in the Tri Series 2014
- Participated in World Cup Beijing. Slovenia, Munich
- Participated in the 20th Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow
July and won an Individual gold medal with a new Commonwealth Games
score of 622.2 + 205.3 2014
- Participated in the XVII Asian Games and won Individual
and Team bronze
- Participated in the 12th Asian Championship, Doha, on 13.1.2012
Gold Medal with a score of 597 + 104.1 2012
- Participated in the World Cup, London on 21.4.2012 with
a score of 596 2012
- Participated in the World Cup, Milan and Munich in the month
of May 2012
and scored 592 and 596 respectively 2012
- Spearheaded the Indian contingent for London Olympics scoring
in 10M Air Rifle final by 2 points.2012
- Won the National Championship held In Pune In November with
of 596 + 104.22011
- Participated In RIAC and IBIS Cup in December and won two
and one bronze medal 2011
- Won Gold Medal in Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games
(February 28 - March 6) with a score of 5982011
- Participated in the World Cup, Munich Germany in June and
won a quota
position for London 2012 Olympics with a score of 596 + 52.62011
- Participated in the Asian Shooting championship, Kuwait
in October and won
Silver medal with a score of 594+103.6 2011
- Represented India in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
and won a Gold Medal in Air Rifle 10M in Team event and a Silver medal
- Represented India for RIAC 2010
Luxembourg and scored 5962010
- Participated in
the Intershoot Championship in Hague, Netherlands:
Won a silver medal in the 1st match with scores of 595+102.7
Won a gold medal in the 2nd match with scores of 596+104.1
Won a gold medal in the 3rd match with scores of 595+102.72010
- Won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with an Olympic
score of 700.5 2008
- Won the gold medal at the Air Rifle Australian Cup, Sydney2007
- Won the gold medal at the Air Rifle Asian Shooting Championship2007
- Became the World Champion at the Air Rifle World Championship
(First Indian to win a gold Medal)2006
- Won gold,silver,bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games,Melbourne,
- Won the gold medal at the Asian Shooting Championship Bangkok,Thailand
- At the Athens Olympics he broke the Olympic that was set
at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics2004
- Became the Commonwealth Games Record Holder 2004
- Won the gold medal at the All American Shooting Championship
at Colorado Springs,USA2004
- Won the bronze medal at the World Cup held World Cup in
- Won the silver medal at the Asian Shooting Championship2003
- Won gold and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in
- Became the European Circuit Champion with 7 Gold medals,
4 Silver medals, 1 bronze medal 2002
- Set a new Junior World Record for Air Rifle in Munich,Germany2001
Special Recognition :
- Honorary Lt. Col of the Indian Army (TA) 2011
Padma Bhushan 3rd highest Indian Civilian Award 2009
Punjabi Rattan Award 2009
CNN IBN Sportsman of the Year Award 2009
Sportsman of the Year Award 2009
- Rotary Shreyas
- Bharat Shiromani Award 2009
India Youth Icon Award 2009
GQ Men of the Year Award 2009
- Teacher’s Achievement
- Arjuna Award 2000
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2001
Maharaj Ranjit Singh Award 2001
- K.K. Birla Award 2002
- Madhya Pradesh Khel Ratna 2008
- UT Government Most Elite Sportsman Award 2002
- Uttaranchal Praman Patra Award 2003
- Punjab Praman Patra Award 2006
- NDTV-Indian Sportsman of 2008
Led the Indian Contingent of 121 Athletes as Country's Flag Bearer for Olympics 2016 - Rio.
Appointed Good Will Ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016.
Awarded the Diploma of Honour & President Pin of ISSF for his Distinguished Services to ISSF.
Nominated by the ISSF to participate in the 7th IOC International Athletes forum,
Elected as Chairman of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Athletes
Committee and is also a member of the Administrative Council of the ISSF
Nominated to the Sports Apex Committee by the Ministry of Sports. Government of
India, to select talent for 2020 Olympics
Selected by the Government of India, National Parliament Cabinet Committee as a
member of Draft Committee for Drafting Sports Bill of India
Selected as India’s only delegate athlete member for attending International Olympic
Committee meeting at Lausanne on IOA saga along with Sports Minister, Government
Elected by ISSF as Member of Athletes committee representing Asia.
Nominated by IOC to be Representative of entire shooting World Body ISSF Athletes
Forum in Singapore.
Selected by Punjab Government as its Disaster Management Ambassador 2013.
Selected by Indian Olympic Committee – Lausanne to be featured in their Olympic
Hall of Fame and Museum with his Gold Medal Winning Rifle and Shooting Gear.
Lead the Indian contingent of 682 Athletes as country’s Flag bearer for XIV Commonwealth
Games, Delhi on 14 October 2010.
First Indian Sportsman in India's history to receive the Commonwealth Games Queen's
Baton. He received the Baton from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 29th October,
2009 in Buckingham Palace, London. He became the first Indian Athlete to take the
oath on behalf of the all the athletes competing in the Commonwealth when he took
the oath for all those participating in the XIV Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010.
Appreciation on Record by Dr Abdul Kalam, Hon’ble President of India.
Appreciation on Record by Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, Hon’ble President of India
on winning the first Olympic Gold Medal for India on 11 August, 2008.
Appreciation on Record by Dr Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on
winning the first Olympic Gold Medal for India on 11 August, 2008.
Appreciation on Record by Shri Mohammad Ansari, Hon’ble Vice President of India
on winning the first Olympic Gold Medal for India on 11 August, 2008.
Appreciation on Record by Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan,
Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh,
Uttaranchal, West Bengal, Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka
for winning the first ever individual Gold Medal for India in the Beijing Olympics
Appreciation on Record by Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha National Parliamentarian Mr
Shom Nath Chatterjee and the members of the august house for becoming the first
Indian to win a Gold in World Championship Croatia 2006.
Appreciation on Record by the Hon’ble Chariman Rajya Sabha and the members of the
Appreciation on Record by His Majesty, King of Bhutan.
Specially invited by the US Government through U.S. Embassy, to Fly F-16 Air craft
on 19th February 2009.
Appreciation on record by Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Sports,
Government of India.
Appreciation on record by Dr. M.S. Gill, Hon’ble Union Minister of Sports
Appreciation on record by Mr. Scriber, Hon’ble Secretay General, International Shooting
Sports Federation, Munich, Germany.
Selected to speak at the 2009 India Today Conclave, New Delhi.
Featured In :
- Recipient of International Olympic Solidarity Scholarship
2007 - 2008
- Recipient of International Olympic Solidarity
Scholarship 2003 - 2004
- Recipient of Sahara Sports
Scholarship 2004, 2006
- Recipient of Mittal Champions
Trust Scholarship 2006
- Appreciation by Director-American
Olympic Training Centre, Colorado Springs USA
- Recipient of Scholarship-Samsung Qlympic Hopes 2007
- Recipient of International Olympic Council Scholarship
Readers Digest (Who do India Trust 2010): Ranked 25th out of 100 India’s most trusted
personalities in 2009.
Limca Book of Records.
World Records Holder Book.
World Shooting Champions Roll of Honour.
50, 000 Newspaper clippings & reports in all major magazines.
Featured on NDTV, Times Now, CNN, IBN, BBC, Zee TV, CNBC, German TV, US TV, Aaj Tak and many more.
- Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Colorado USA
- Diploma in Sports Mental Management from Munich and the Lanny
School of Mental Management, USA
- Received Honorary Doctorate in Literature from SRM University,
Chennai on 8th September 2008
Authored ‘A Shot at History – My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold’ which was launched by
Mr. Ajay Maken, Union Minister of Sports, Government of India.
Co-authored "Ways of Rifle" with Mr. Heinz Reinkemier of Germany.
Oration – Speech Delivery :
- Director, Abhinav Futuristics Limited
- Founder, Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust
- Founder, Abhinav Sporting Trust
- Founder, PizzaVito Asia Pvt Ltd
- Founder, PizzaVito India Pvt Ltd
Areas Covered in the Speeches:
Featured in India's GREATEST SPEECHES compiled by Nitin Aggarwal for the
s peech given at Go Sports Foundation Conclave on July 17- 2013.
ICICI Bank senior officials meet in Trivandrum April 2015 speech to Corporates
Asian Education Summit - April - 2015.
PGI Sports complex Chandigarh- December - 2014.
GoSport Foundation Athletes Conclave, Bangalore - 17th July 2013.
School Founder’s Day at Yadavindra Public School, Mohali - April 2013.
Annual Day at Kundan Vidya Mandir School Ludhiana - April 2013.
Inauguration of PizzaVito Store in Gurgaon - March 2013.
150th Anniversary of Swami Vivekanandm, Delhi - January 2013.
Indian School of Business, Mohali, inauguration of ISB ISL, September 2012.
Annual Sports Meet of the Seth Anandram Jaipuria School - February 2011.
Rotary Club - February 2009.
Inauguration of Yeshwantrao Chavan Sports Complex - February 2009.
All India Forest & Environment Games Chandigarh - November 2008.
Annual Graduation Ceremony of NSNIS Bangalore.
Annual Day at Riverdale School Dehradun.
India Today Youth Conclave 2011.
India Today Conclave - February 2009.
Inaugurated the Shooting Range at Manav Rachna International University.
Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) - November 2008.
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkie.
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Motivational Speaker at ICICI Bank Officials meet.
Holy Heart School, Amritsar.
Motivational Speaker at CISCO systems India Pvt. Ltd.
Indian youth – Change seekers of change makers?
My Olympic Journey
Stay Focussed, Stay Grounded through Failure and Success
Role of Media in Sports Promotion
Is India ready to push the envelope in education?
Challenge yourself – Make a Difference.
Challenge Convention, Transform Tomorrow.
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Short Q&A with Abhinav Bindra on being part of Animal Planet’s Where Tigers Rule
initiative towards tiger conservation.
Q: How do you think this initiative of Animal Planet can help in taking the message
across to common public?
A: With Animal Planet's wildlife experts, conservationists and presenters
leading the way, viewers will embark on a journey of exploration and information
as they learn about these amazing animals and their ever-increasing endangerment.
Habitat loss and poaching threaten to destroy tiger population throughout the world.
With only a few thousand tigers left in the wild, many experts worry about the survival
of these majestic creatures. If we do nothing, the tiger will be wiped off the face
of the Earth. It is sad that our future generations will grow up in a world with
no wild tigers. It is essential that things must change.
Q: What message would you like to convey through this association?
A: Tiger conservation is a collective responsibility. I am excited to support
Animal Planet in reaching out to millions of viewers to highlight issues concerning
the plight of tigers and how their existence or extinction impacts our environment.
Q: Why there has been so much importance given to tiger when there are so many
other species having same fate?
A: The tiger is the largest cat in the world. It’s one of the most magnificent
species to ever walk the face of our Earth. To even think that it could be lost
from this Earth in our lifetime or shortly after, to me, is just an unthinkable
Q: Have you been associated with any such initiatives in the past?
A: I am delighted to make a beginning with the Animal Planet.
Q: Have you ever experienced the pleasure of seeing a tiger in the wild? Please
share with us the experience.
A: I had the chance to see tigers on an African Safari. I was mesmerized
by its reverent personality and most powerful eyes, which attract you.