One of the most decorated sportsperson of the country, Abhinav Bindra, has delivered a controversial statement over the administrative career of former Indian Cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly.
India’s lone gold medalist in Olympics, Abhinav Bindra’s brilliant career did not end in a way that the whole country was wishing for. Bindra, who won India’s first individual gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, lost the third place shoot-off against Ukrainian Serhiy Kulish after both were tied for third place at after 16 shots.
Interacting with the media at his home in Chandigarh after returning from Rio, Bindra gave some interesting answers to their questions. For example, when a journalist asked what would happen to Bindra’s private shooting range, the 33-year gave a witty reply saying that he is planning to grow vegetables over there. Similarly, he asked the journalists to look out for customers so that he can sell his rifles.
Before the beginning of the games, the 33-year old had said that this would be his last Olympics. So when a media person asked him whether he can make a comeback to shooting just like legendary swimmer Michael Phelps returned to swimming after initially retiring from the game, Bindra said that he can participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but only as a journalist.
Things started getting serious when Bindra was asked about his after retirement.When a journalist asked him whether he would like to pursue career in sports administration, Bindra gave an interesting answer. He said that getting into sports administration would mean getting into politics which he does not want to do. And then when a journalist tried to prove his thinking wrong by citing Sourav Ganguly’s example as a sports administrator, Bindra said: “Who said Ganguly is not involved in politics? I am aware that he is a political sports administrator. You should know how he rose through ranks as an administrator.”