Abhinav Bhindra, one of the best Indian shooters, is best remembered for his gold medal winning performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Apart from this he has also been a World and Commonwealth champion. It is passion and love for the game that has helped him reach this height at the international level.
“Shooting has never been a career thing for me. It has always been a passion, something which I wanted to do. I love it, I like it and that is why I pursed it,” Bindra told NNIS. This justifies that one has to have great passion for the game in order to be a world class competitor; just choosing it as a career does not guarantee success.
But, he may be able to speak in this manner, as shooting is one of the most expensive sports in India. What about those who have passion for the sport but not enough money? There is a need for the government to look into this, as the sport has witnessed an upsurge among Indians who want to pick it up as a career.
After his Beijing performance, Bhindra had taken an off from the game and feels there is no shortcut for success. He said, “I did not shoot for two years after the 2008 Beijing Games. I came back and tried to make the best of what I could in the short period of time. There is no short cut for success and lot to hard work is required. I love the process of shooting.”
Such is the love for shooting that Bhindra’s life gets imbalanced if he does not shoot. He said, “When I don't shoot for a period of time. I feel my life is unbalanced. So I like it from deep within. I just want to shot and shoot well. I want to be the best I can be.”