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Abhinav Bindra

Name Abhinav Bindra
Nick Name AB
Date of Birth 28th September 1982
Birth Place Dehradun, India
Profession Sportsman ( Shooter)
Height 5' 8"
Weight 65 Kg
Nationality  Indian
Family Father – Dr.Apjit
Mother - Babli Bindra
Sister - Divya (fashion designer)
Pets 'Buddy', a Saint Bernard and 'Chhotu', a Beagle
Coaches Previous Coaches - Lt. Col. J.S. Dhillon, Laszlo Szuscak
Current Coaches - Gaby Buehlmann of Switzerland and Sunny Thomas
Family Name  Khatri Sikh Punjabi
Residence He lives in a farmhouse which resembles a castle on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway near Zirakpur town in Punjab around 15 km from Chandigarhi
Education  Schooling :
* Doon School, Dehradun (Till 8th Standard)
* St.Stephens School, Chandigarh

Graduation : BBA and MBA from University of Colorado, USA
Achievements * First Indian to win the individual gold medal in Olympic Games.
* First Indian shooter to win a World Championship Gold medal (2006)
* Youngest Indian athlete and youngest shooter (2000) at Sydney Olympics.
* Youngest participant at Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games (1998) at the age of 16.
Training He did tough commando training in Germany for three weeks prior to the Olympics. National Sports Development Fund (NDSF) released 35 lakh rupees last December for his 90-day training stint in Germany. This included the fees for his Germany based trainer and a sports psychologist.
Olympic score 699.4 points in 10m Air Riffle shooting
Favorites Food: Tandoori chicken
Practice field: At his own farmhouse near Chandigarh
Business He is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, which is the sole agent of German-made Walther weapons in India, based in Chandigarh.The company plans to open offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Bhopal, Kolkata and Chennai and hopes to hit a turnover of Rs 100 crore by the year 2010.
Trust Running Abhinav sports trust with a sole aim of churning out future champions in India 
His sponsors * Samsung
* Sahara Group
Awards * Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, 2001 (India's highest sports award)
* Arjuna award, 2000.
Records * Won Gold at Olympic, 2008
* Won Gold at ISSF world shooting championships, Zagreb, 2006 (Score - 699.1)
* Won Gold (as pair) and Bronze (as single) at Commonwealth games, Melbourne (2006)
* Gold (as pair) and Silver (as single) at Commonwealth games, Manchester (2002)
Injury His career at one stage was jeopardised by a nagging back injury. Since 2006, he was down and out for months with a career-threatening spinal injury caused due to ligament overstretching in the lumbodorsal region. He took up a thorough rehabilitation programme that helped reduce the strain on his spine and made some technical changes for a better posture
Marriage * His mother thinks of him as “India's most eligible bachelor”
* Abhinav does not have a girl friend and does not want to get married in the near future
Facts * Abhinav comes from an affluent (Khatri) sikh family. His parents are promoters of the Hitech Group of companies with a turnover of Rs. 300 crores. This group has interests in agro and dogfood-processing, computer gaming, livestock genetics and pharmaceuticals.
* His sister is married into the family that owns Atlas Cycles.
* He received the gold medal from the Princess of Lichtenstein, a small country in central EuropeBindra, whose career at one stage was jeopardised by a nagging back injury.
* He Dedicated his medal to the fellow athletes.
*The family organised on its own the funds required for his training, in addition to support from the LN Mittal Champion Trust and Indian government.
* Abinav is one of the biggest beneficiaries of government support, which runs up to nearly a crore rupees.
* Within a day of his gold model, demand for air rifles suddenly hit a high in India.
* His track suit had a prancing leopard with the word Shiv Naresh inscribed below the picture. This was the sign of Delhi-based sportswear manufacturer Shiv Naresh which has clothed Indian sportspersons participating in all the mega games since 1991.
*He entered into shooting as a boy with -4 power in both eyes
Secret behind his success “I have an air-conditioned shooting range with a totally computerised Target Transportation System of international standards”
Quote about winning the gold medal at Olympics "Shooting is 99 per cent luck and one per cent training"
“Once I won the gold, a sort of emptiness took over my feelings. I felt like climbing a mountain and nothing more to achieve.”
About him

*His father AS Bindra:"My son has proved that 'Singh is King' in a real sense. He has brought laurels for the whole Sikh community and for the whole nation"
Hakkinen (Rifle Shooter) : “He performed a very great final.”
* Manohar Singh Gill (Indian Sports Minister) : "Bindra's performance would inspire the nation to more glory.
* Baskaran (former Indian Hockey captain): "Bindra's gold medal is better than my team's Moscow Olympic gold meda"

About making history at Olympics (2008) “I was trying to concentrate on shooting well; I wasn’t thinking about making history. Being two points behind, I had to shoot good. My coach asked me to be aggressive and that is what I did.”
Blog address abhinavbindra.blogspot.com/
Aim To became a top shooter in 10m Rifle shooting

Courtesy: Web Resources
Compiled by: PS, Gayathri and Kavitha

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