Abhinav Bindra's Road to Beijing

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

apologies!!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008 – 9:56 AM
apologies for the long absence... i think that i just needed to fall off the planet after all the mayhem and recuperate for the gruelling last four years... so as you guys are all probably aware i have been trying my hand at things other than shooting... so have been doing a few commercials, giving speeches, been doing a lot of stuff with my dogs, have been busy in the office with a few projects and it has been amazing been staying away from the shooting range...
although i have to admit that i do feel a twinge of desire to go and shoot everytime i walk past the range but i am going to make sure that i am completely rested and relaxed both physically and mentally before i decide to venture down that road...
it has been a long and ardous last couple of months and i am happy to have some normalcy returning to my life... my phone no longer ringing off the hook and things are great....
i hosted my coaches to india for the first time and have been busy taking them around...so we made the trip to agra, and jaipur and it was great actually hanging out with them and not talking that much shooting...
so guys fret not...will keep all informed regularly... at least everytime i have news and that may not be as often as you guys like :) but hey i am just a simple guy living in a mundane existence...
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

expressing my gratitude to all

Saturday, September 20, 2008 – 9:18 AM
Over the last couple of days I have been saddenned reading and hearing things about me.  I am not the type of person who likes controversy and being ungrateful to anyone or getting success & fame into my head is the last thing on my mind.  Setting the record straight I am grateful to every organisation /association who supported me.  I know there were plenty of people in the system who believed in me - i am really thankful to them, also there were plenty of people in the system who never believed in my abililties- A bigger thank you to them - cos its they who gave me a lot of motivation to show what i was capable of.  So i hope with this i have covered every possible person  to thank and i hope we can put an end to the controversy and focus on far more subjects in hand and that is the development of indian olympic sport.

I strongly stand by what i have said all along & that is that our athletes deserve the best possible support for preparation.  the support must be provided on time.  I have absolutely nothing against any person or any person heading any federation. My belief is that every federation must be run professionally and effeciently so that the athlete can focus on what he or she is supposed to do and that is to train and compete with a free mind and not worrying about where the next bullet is going to come from. It is the job of the federation to facilitate this process for the athlete, cos its because of the athletes that a federation exists.   When this starts to happen i can assure you that performance will improve a lot , and it would give a feeling that there is someone for you.

On a much more exciting front, i have just started to help with suggestions  to formulate a programme for some junior shooters.  This is really exciting and i am very hopeful there will be some much needed support forthcoming for our future stars.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Apologies....

Thursday, September 18, 2008 – 1:01 AM
have tried (unsuccessfully) for the last couple of weeks to cut myself off the phone/internet/television and really introspect and actually rest up after a hectic first half of my life. So would like apologize to my readers for sporadic posts and really being missing but i am in a weird frame of mind lately with so many things on my plate adn really not knowing where to start....
for starters I am now trying to focus on giving back to shooting and actually doing some assessments on what is really required and best to go about doing things that will be most beneficial to our shooters. The most important thing to winning a medal is to have the right plan and right vision and hopefully when i give these someone will listen.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

the time is NOW....

Thursday, August 28, 2008 – 8:49 PM
sorry again for the sporadic posts but have been really busy. so i am the guest editor for the Times of India today and i have really laid out some of the problems that plague indian sport... the point is that i don't want to sound like this griping old man but truly believe that we NEED TO CHANGE NOW!!!!!
The point is that only us sports lovers and people who really care for the country can make this happen so am open to all my readers offering various solutions and how we can proceed forward. we need to do this together and is something that will make this country a better place not only for sportsmen but everyone. So lets all put our heads together and really figure out how we can make this happen.
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

The show is over!!

Monday, August 25, 2008 – 7:45 AM
The show is over!! the closing ceremony was magnificent and i enjoyed watching it on tv. It was amazing to see all the athletes so relaxed and enjoying themselves. Performing at the top level always isnt really fun!! there is so much pressure to perform, expectations to live upto , facing your fears and doubts and yet one has to find a way out!! 
Now the big question for most athletes is what next!! The Olympics are every four years , but for the athlete its everyday!! Many would go back to training and start to persue their dreams.  Its amazing - no body will talk about beijing now - all the focus will be on London.
I really hope everybody in India enjoyed watching the games.  Just one message for all today and that is TO ADOPT OLYMPIC SPORTS AS A WAY OF THINKING AND SUPPORT YOUR FUTURE ACHIEVERS WITH ALL YOUR GOOD WISHES!!
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A few answers....

Saturday, August 23, 2008 – 6:34 AM
i would like to respond today to a few of the questions in my comments(i do read this section :)) and i know that will not be able to respond to each and every comment and so i apologize for that. Firstly i would like to say how overwhelmed i am that i have so many well wishers and supporters who are just as happy and proud of the gold medal as i am. I never expected such a turn out and i am really touched by such a huge and gracious turn out.
Which leads me to my next point... in my last posting i had posted the question of "what next?" and there have been lots of comments on that and i would like to dedicate an entire post on that in the coming days. However i would like to say that i want to use this time now when people are willing to listen to my opinion for the greater good of indian sport and actually go out there and make a difference.
I think it is important that we do this in a team effort where the more the merrier and only when we all join hands can there be a change for the better in the Indian system. So i am in the process of starting off with a shooting plan and i will also write more about this once it is finalized.
the truth is that everyone can do something to help indian sport... it doesn't have to be monitory and even someones support behind an athlete gives a big and much needed boost. So if we all do our bit, even the smallest gesture makes a big difference in the long and winding journey to the top.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

life goes on....

Thursday, August 21, 2008 – 7:19 AM
well life is really returning back to normal and i am now faced with a dilemma as to "what next?"
of course there are lots of options, but i would like to do something with purpose and something that i am passionate about....
i never realized how long 24 hours actually were and now i am trying to fill time although i am still tired and still need some rest things really coming back to normal. My interviews are now trickling (which i am happy about) and i now get to sit back and watch the nation's other two stars in action :)
So something i have been talking about for some time now is how i would like to give back to not only shooting but also to the whole Indian sport movement. I would like to offer my help to all who seek it and also like to be available to other shooters so that i can share my experiences with them. 
I am working now on a structure which i can be directly involved with the development of other shooters and actually try and groom people for the future. i will write more details on that when i have finalized the plan and things are a bit more concrete.
i will use another post to comment on all the people who have left me some very insightful remarks but for the usual comment about how India underperforms... it is very simple...we don't have any sport structure whatsoever... so the fact that we are even winning a couple of medals is phenomenal... it is time we all join hands and try and change this acceptance of mediocrity... i think we should all be positive and actually offer solutions since it is pretty obvious we all know the problems. 
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