Abhinav Bindra Admits Cricket has ‘Great Potential’ to Break into Olympics as Sport
A professional Indian shooter and solitary individual gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, who clinched the coveted medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic 10 metre Air Rifle shooting leg, has expressed a delight if gentleman’s game would be introduced in Olympics, while adding it would further become interesting and historic achievement for the game of cricket.
“It would be great to have cricket in Olympics. I don’t know if it’s important to the game but as a fan who likes Olympics it would be nice to see it there,” Bindra was quoted as saying by India Today.
Moreover, in order to earn the global appreciation, Bindra feels the cricket has to step-up further, in a bid to go a long way.
However, the world cricket governing Board International Cricket Council (ICC) is bound to forward the plea to the Olympic Committee regarding the approval of cricket in the fold of Olympics.
“As an Olympic athlete it is sad. Cricket has great potential as a sport but it has to work harder to get global recognition,” Bindra added.
Adamant in approach, Bindra stated the representation of ICC has been in many countries and the Board should look forward for the different opportunities owing to the markets according to multiple aspects which would eventually push it for the Olympic draw
“The ICC has a lot of membership from a lot of countries. But I think there is a need to make it highly competitive in a lot of the countries. That can propel them to Olympic status,” Bindra stated.
While throwing some light on the competitive cricket, Bindra reiterated cricket needs to bridge the gap while considering the fact of sports working as a medium across the globe, in a bid to make it Olympics.
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The other factor has been the traditional format of Test cricket which has further witnessed the low turn-out in terms of spectators at the ground as one-sided affairs have further made it a tough task for the players as well as bidders in the contemporary cricket.
“If you look at world sport, if you look at Olympic sport, there is a lot more universality in it and competitiveness that makes sport at Olympics global,” Bindra added.
ICC has now the tally of 12 Test playing nations with Afghanistan and Ireland coming as latest entrants, as the rest of the list includes other associates which further see the number goes as high as 105, according to the digital medium of ICC itself.
The 34-year-old Dehradun-born Bindra has been felicitated in the recent past for his excellence in the field of sports.
The star competitor Bindra has been awarded Arjuna Award for Shooting and Padma Bhusan award following the services he has rendered to his country India.
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