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Abhinav Bindra: The Epitome of a modern day sportsperson



A shooting prodigy: From a promising child to the Olympic & the World Champion

Abhinav Bindra! The name itself weighs a feeling of proud to us Indians, what a masterpiece of athlete he is. Time and again, he has continually proved his gut of what it likely takes to be a perfectionist of aiming the bull’s eye.

Though the India’s flag bearer at Rio Olympics bid a farewell and bought down the curtains to his shooting career, he has made the billion plus citizens of nation proud with his exemplary performance. He deserves a pat on his back for all his endeavours. His journey has been evergreen right from his early age to breaking the shackles of being the first individual gold medallist of India in Beijing Olympics 2008 and the continuity thereafter to being honoured as India’s flag bearer at Rio Olympics, despite of all the ups and downs galore which he faced, never did he let those things hinder his passion for shooting. His remarkable success was inevitable. This ‘Golden boy’ has inspired millions of sportsperson in the country to nurture and work for Olympic Gold.

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The veteran shooter hails from Mohali, Punjab and completed his studies from Dun School, Dehradun; St. Stephens School, Chandigarh and Colorado University.From the childhood, Abhinav had a keen interest in Shooting. His perseverance and tenacity made his German coach Heinz Reinkemeier to start coaching the shooting whizz-kid 16 years ago. He started shooting as a professional sports at an early age of 15. He became the youngest Indian athlete who represented India at 2000 Olympic Games.

The polite one:

He is all that takes for a man to be awesome, one instance which proved of how well-bred Bindra was when his coach Reinkemeier shared the small anecdote, “It was still early days for him in Germany and we went out to my favourite Italian because I knew Indians like spicy food. I told the kitchen staff, and they served an Arrabiata that had clearly gone overboard on chilly and spice. The whole kitchen staff peeped out to see his reaction, and he was clearly finding it spicy so much that tears started streaming down his eyes. I calmly asked him, ‘Are we spicy enough?’ He said ‘Not bad’. Incredibly polite.”

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A final shot down the memory lane:

Little remains to be said about the ‘golden boy’. Starting at an early age if 15, he participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, he soon started climbing the steps of success which began with a breakthrough when he won a Bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup with a junior world record score of 597/600.

Further winning six gold medals at various international meets in 2001, earned him the most prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratan award.

From the year 2002 till 2006 was what it turned to be a performance par excellence reaching the peaks. He won a gold medal in the pair’s air rifle event at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 at Manchester, also son Silver in the individual event.

Even though he failed to win a medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, he eventually clinched a gold by becoming the first Indian shooter to win a world championship gold in Zagreb in 2006.

After all these triumphs, Since 2006 his career at one stage was jeopardised by a nagging back injury, he was down and out for months with a career-threatening spinal injury caused due to ligament over-stretching in the lumbodorsal region. He took up a thorough rehabilitation programme that helped him reduce the strain in his spine and made some technical changes for a better posture. These speculations were bought to a rest, after him winning a gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships thus qualifying to the Beijing Olympics.

He marked his place going down to the history by becoming the first ever Indian to clinch an individual Olympic medal at 2008, Beijing Olympics with a shooting total of 700.5, in which none of his shorts were below 10.0. He was tied with Henry Häkinen, going into the final shot he shot 9.7 and had to settle for the Bronze, while Bindra shot a commendable 10.8. And rest as they say us the history.

His accolades kept flowing on, he won a golf in the men’s 10metre Air Rifle event at the 12th Asian Shooting Championships in Doha Qatar. Followed by a gold again, in the 2014 commonwealth games at Glasgow.bindra3

After losing in the qualification round in 2012 London Olympics which disappointed him, he bounced back culminating himself by making a position in the Rio Olympics.

Despite of the tragic incident where he fell from a chair with the gun in his lap, whose ‘sight’ broke and thus the ace Indian shooter has to use a replacement gun just before the game. He tried his best but missed the Bronze just by a whisker he lost the shoot off for bronze medal against 23-year-old Ukranian S Kulish scoring a total of 163.8 and came in 4th. That moment was a heartbreak, though we know he gutted down the sadness within by being all calm and composed.

As he had made it clear long ago that he was done with his shooting career after Rio, without leaving any slightest of the reconsideration of entering the shooting range again. So yes, there is this sadness and we will miss him. He will always remain India’s pride. Adieu Legend.

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Why Are Underprivileged Players Performing Better At Olympics?



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India is competing at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Olympics 2020 started from July 23, 2021, to Aug. 8, 2021. On day twelve of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, all the teams had been doing very well. India has secured sixty-fourth place out of the eighty by achieving one silver and one bronze medal in the Women’s forty-nine-kilogram Weightlifting & Women’s Singles Badminton Olympics 2020.

This year’s Tokyo Olympics has given India some historic moments. Both Indian Men and Women Hockey teams have qualified for the quarter-finals and made their place in the semi-finals this year. It was a landmark moment for India after 49 years, and India made it so far in the Olympics. 

When we look at the Olympics more, we know that several players around the globe who have been representing their nations are from underprivileged backgrounds. Since we started growing up as individuals, we have seen the struggle of disadvantaged people in society. It is not always necessary to be successful with all the amenities and availability of the best resources. Often, help, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and persistence are essential to achieving goals. One of the most important qualities is to stay grounded. It’s not always a good thing to expect such kind of behaviour in a real-life. 

At times, few people in the same society cannot even afford the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter. Yet, with the minimalist things, big dreams and complete dedication, they become some of the most incredible gems of this world by representing their nation globally. In the same way, in the Olympics, many such underprivileged players. These players’ performance in the Olympics is impressive as compared to any other privileged players.

It may be the situation because their goal is not to succeed in the Olympics and bring medals for their nation. Their goals may be to take the Olympics as a chance to improve their lifestyle and give assurance to their family. Many Olympians have secured this opportunity to represent their country in the Olympics after an incredible amount of hard work. Their families have supported them to meet their needs and make all the required games accessories available.

It doesn’t mean that privileged players don’t understand the importance of what they have in their life. We must remember that the person who looks privileged right now might have been less privileged at some moment. The dedication towards their field of career has made them what they are today. 

So we must understand that being privileged and underprivileged is one of the prisms when we look at the performance of the athletes in the Olympics.

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Indian Hockey Teams Break The Olympics Jinx



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Indian Women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics semi-final after defeating the Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinals.  The Indian women’s hockey team registered a historic victory at the Tokyo Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team scored the victory goal in the 22nd minute of the game. The goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur scored from a short corner.

After losses against Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain, India staged a great comeback to secure its place in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s hockey team created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women’s team to reach the semi-finals at the Olympics. Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after defeating the United States by 6-5 in the qualifiers.  Australian team gained back-to-back three penalty corners, but the Indian defence, led by Savita and Deep Grace Ekka, stood strong in front of the goal. The Australian team was surprised by India’s pace and determination and therefore they panicked while defending.

In the last eight minutes of the game, the Indian team was under tremendous pressure. The Australian team had secured four more penalty corners, but they failed to breach the Indian defence.

Gurjit said they are very happy. Qualifying for the semi-finals is the result of the hard work that they had put in for several days. In 1980, they were qualified for the Games but this time, they made the semi-finals. It is a proud moment for them. Their team is just like their family, they always support each other and found support from the country as well.  she further added.

Meanwhile, on August 1, 2021, the Indian men’s hockey team, defeated Britain by 3-1 in the quarter-final to secure its spot in the semi-finals at Tokyo Olympics. Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh has created history at the Tokyo Olympics. The team qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since the 1972 Olympics. Goals from Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh made sure that India reached their first Olympic semi-final since the 1972 Games. It became challenging for India when skipper Manpreet Singh was suspended for six minutes, and he had to sit out.

Britain got the advantage of Manpreet’s suspension. But they did not make it count as Hardik Singh scored the third goal in the 57th minute. In the final three minutes despite pushing continuously, Britain was unable to score another goal and was eliminated. Indian players became emotional on the turf after they made it to the semi-finals.

Manpreet Singh said they are very happy because they reached the semi-final after a long time. The tournament is still remaining and they need to keep their feet on the ground and focus on the next match. said Manpreet.

This is a very big day for India, both the hockey teams have reached the semi-finals and it is a really big accomplishment. They used to meet them when both men’s and women’s teams were in Bengaluru. Their confidence was always high, they knew that they would reach the semi-finals, only two steps are remaining to win but reaching the semi-finals is a very big accomplishment, said former Sports Minister Rijiju. Indian Men’s hockey team has reached the semi-finals after 49 years. It is a very big thing and as a nation, everyone should celebrate, he added.

The gold medal matches of both the men’s and women’s teams will take place on August 6 and 7 respectively.

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P.V. Sindhu Creates History At The Tokyo Olympics



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Olympian shuttler PV Sindhu wins bronze in the shuttle race against Chinese shuttler Hebing Jiao. The PV Sindhu legacy has made India proud. Exceptional achievement as the first Indian woman and the only Indian athlete to win two consecutive medals at the Olympics, the Silver at Rio Olympics 2016 and the Bronze at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Sindhu dominated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 to bounce back from her semi-final loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Despite the heartbreaking loss, her confident demeanour in the bronze medal match was evident right from the start. Sindhu’s exemplary smashes caused problems for He Bing Jiao, but also her excellent ability to retrieve made sure that the He Bing Jiao had to work twice as hard to win points.

In game one, Sindhu excelled because of her speed, power, and guile, defeating Bing Jiao 21-13. After gaining an early lead in the first, she landed on her feet in the second to take a 4-1 advantage, which she extended to 11-8 at the half. Even though He Bing Jiao came close to making it 11-11, Sindhu once again came out strong and started to pull ahead. Despite He Bing Jiao’s best efforts, Sindhu remained unmoved as she won two more consecutive points to finish it off at 19-15.

The defence has always been Sindhu’s weakness, but in this game, it was much stronger. Pusarla’s Coach Park Tae-Sang Told PTI “For Sindhu defence has been a weakness, there is no problem with her attack. Every player, every coach knows that and today her defence was 200%. It was superb. The entire tournament, barring yesterday, she has been very good in defence,” “We have been working every day on her net play and defence and I am happy it worked”.

Coach Park Tae-Sang’s international career as a player ended in 2002 with him earning a gold medal at the Asian Games. After turning professional coach in 2013. In late 2019, after the abrupt departure of women’s coach Kim Ji Hyun, he took over the duty of training Sindhu after serving as a national coach for the Korean badminton team for five years from 2013 to 2018.

Speaking after winning the bronze medal match against He Bing Jao, Badminton World Federation (BWF) quoted Sindhu as saying, “It makes me feel really happy because I`ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best, my all, and think about the emotions. I`m really happy and I think I`ve done really well. It`s a proud moment getting a medal for my country.”

In addition, Sindhu said that the focus will now be on the Paris 2024 Olympics.

On an emotional Instagram note, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying revealed how PV Sindhu encouraged her after the match. China’s Chen Yufei defeated Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the women’s singles final. After finishing second at the Tokyo Games, Tai had to settle for the silver medal. After the medal ceremony, she revealed how PV Sindhu offered her words of encouragement after the final loss.

She hugged Tai and told her she did a wonderful job in the final, Tai wrote on Instagram. Sindhu’s encouragement after the final made her cry, the Chinese Taipei shuttler added. “PV Sindhu hugged me and told me I know you are sick but you did very well, but today was not your day,” “She held me in her arms and said she knew it all. That sincere encouragement made me cry,” she added.

From being the first Indian to become Badminton World Champion to winning medals for India in two consecutive Olympics, she has indeed built a legacy.


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