Abhinav Bindra. an Indian businessman and retired sport shooter. He is currently India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist. His gold in the 10-meter air rifle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics was also India’s first Olympic gold medal since 1980. He is the first Indian to have held concurrently the world and Olympic titles for the men’s 10-meter air rifle event, having earned those honors at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. Bindra has also won nine medals at the Commonwealth Games and three gold medals at the Asian Games.
With more than 150 medals in his 22-year career, he is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India and is one of the top influencers of sport policy in the country.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Bindra finished fourth in the finals of the 10-meter air rifle event. He also served as a goodwill ambassador for the Rio 2016 Olympics Indian contingent, having been appointed to that post by the Indian Olympics Association (IOA). On September 5, 2016, he announced his retirement.
Bindra’s primary outreach to Indian sports is through the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to integrate sports, science, and technology into Indian sports and encourage high-performance physical training.
In 2018, Bindra was bestowed with the prestigious Blue Cross, the ISSF‘s highest honor.
Bindra is also currently a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
Abhinav Bindra was born in Dehradun (Uttarakhand)to a Punjabi family and picked up shooting at an early age. Determined to train with the best possible facilities, which were then not available in India, he would train for prolonged periods in Germany.
Bindra has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Bindra is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics Private Limited, an organization that works to bring science and technology into the sport and healthcare sectors. With ABTP, a group of sports science and advanced physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) centers, the organization has served more than 5,000 athletes and medical patients. Under the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, a non-profit initiative, athletes are provided access to the latest sports technology and high-performance physical training for free. Many athletes from sports such as swimming, badminton, boxing, and para-athletics have benefited from the foundation’s various programs.
Since his retirement, Bindra has been involved with the TOP Scheme, one of India’s most significant policies for athlete development. He has also been a part of the ISSF and IOC Athlete Commissions, where he has worked for the development of athletes through mental health, financial stability, and entrepreneurship initiatives.
|2000 Sydney||10 m air rifle||11||590|
|2004 Athens||10 m air rifle||7||694.6|
|2008 Beijing||10 m air rifle||700.5|
|2012 London||10 m air rifle||16||594|
|2016 Rio||10 m air rifle||4||163.8|
Harper Sport published Bindra’s autobiography, A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold, which he co-authored with sportswriter Rohit Brijnath in October 2011. It was formally released by Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on October 27, 2011 at a function in New Delhi. The book received positive reviews, and Harshvardhan Kapoor has been cast for the lead role in a future biopic based on the memoir.
Awards and accolades
- 2000 – Arjuna award
- 2002 – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna(India’s highest sports award)
- 2008 − Honorarydoctorate (Litt) from SRM University
- 2009 – Padma Bhushan
- 2011 – Made an honorary lieutenant colonel by the Indian Territorial Army
- 2018 – Blue Cross, highest shooting honor by International Shooting Sport Federation
- 2019 – Honorarydoctorate (DPhil) from Kaziranga University
Awards for 2008 Olympic gold medal
- ₹15 million(US$210,000) by Mittal Champions Trust
- ₹5 million(US$70,000) cash prize from the Indian Central Government
- ₹2.5 million(US$35,000) cash prize by the state government of Haryana
- ₹2.5 million(US$35,000) cash prize by the Board of Control for Cricket in India
- ₹1.5 million(US$21,000) cash prize by the Steel Ministry of India
- ₹1.1 million(US$15,000) cash prize by the state government of Bihar. The Patna Indoor Stadium will be renamed after Bindra.
- ₹1 million(US$14,000) prize by the state government of Karnataka
- ₹1 million(US$14,000) cash prize by S. Amolak Singh Gakhal, chairman, Gold’s Gym
- ₹1 million(US$14,000) cash prize by the chief minister of Maharashtra state
- ₹500,000(US$7,000) cash prize by the state government of Orissa
- ₹500,000(US$7,000) cash prize by government of Tamil Nadu
- ₹100,000(US$1,400) cash prize by the state government of Chhattisgarh
- ₹100,000(US$1,400) cash prize by the state government of Madhya Pradesh
- A free lifetime railway pass by the Railway Ministry of India
- A gold medal by the state government of Kerala
- ₹1.5 million(US$21,000) cash award by Pune Municipal Corporation