CHANDIGARH AUGUST 11, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated
the ace shooter Mr. Abhinav Bindra on winning Olympic Gold Medal
and bringing glory to the entire nation.
In a message, the Chief Minister said that Bindra's achievement
in 10-Meters Air Rifle shooting segment would give a major boost
to Indian sport. "We in Punjab, are proud of Abhinav Bindra's
remarkable feat", said Mr. Badal. The Chief Minister said
that the Punjab Government would honour him on his return from
Beijing and would also give an award of Rs.1 crore as per state
government's sports policy. Mr. Badal hoped that Mr. Bindra after
winning this title in Olympics would surely become a role model
for the budding players of our country to promote sports at international
fora. The Chief Minister also called up Dr.AS Bindra father of
the Olympian gold medalist Abhinav Bindra and other family members
for his superb achievement.
Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra of India shows
his medal as he stands with silver medalist Zhu Qinan of China
and bronze medalist Henri Hakkinen of Finland on the podium at
the Beijing Olympic Games on August 11, 2008. (Reuters Photo)
Abhinav Bindra won India's first ever individual Olympic gold
medal on Monday, saying it was a reward for "punching holes
in a paper target" all his life.
He followed his world championship title of two years ago by
grabbing the men's 10m Air Rifle shooting gold medal.
Athens Games champion Zhu Qinan of China won the silver and Henri
Hakkinen of Finland the bronze after one of the most thrilling
shooting finals in Olympic history.
Bindra, who trailed by two points after the qualification round,
trumped his rivals in the 10-shot final as he went into the last
shot level with Hakkinen on 689.7 points.
While Bindra secured his best score of 10.8 in the deciding shot,
Hakkinen managed only 9.7 to concede the silver to Zhu, whose
last shot was 10.5.
"It's the best feeling of my life," said an elated
"I was just trying to concentrate on shooting, I was not
thinking about making history.
"For me life will go on. All my life I have just been punching
holes in a blank piece of paper target.
"But I sincerely hope this win will change the face of Olympic
sport in India. In our country, Olympic sports are not really
a priority, I hope now they will get more attention."
Meanwhile, Member Parliament and SAD President Mr. Sukhbir Singh
Badal also lauded Abhinav Bindra's achievement and said that the
first ever Olympic Gold medal in an individual event would go
a long way in putting sports persons on a high pedestal
Punjab Information and Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram
Singh Majithia also joined the Chief Minister and other dignitaries
in congratulating the youngster Punjabi shooter who had done both
India and Punjab proud.
RANIKE CONGRATULATES BINDRA FOR VICTORY IN OLYMPICS
Chandigarh August 11:-
S. Gulzar Singh Ranike Sports Minister Punjab Congretulated
Mr. Abhinav Bindra for his outstanding performance in bagging
the gold medal for India in the Beijing Olympics.
Sports Minister said that the Punjab Government has announced
cash reward of Rs. I crore to Mr. Bindra and he would also honour
on his coming from Beijing.
Mr. Ranike said the achievements of Abhinav Bindra young shooter
will act as a source of inspiration and motivation for other budding
players to emulate him
CHAWLA CONGRATULATES BINDRA
Chandigarh August 11: Prof. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla Health and Family
Welfare Minister Punjab has congratulated Mr. Abhinav Bindra,
young shooter on his winning the first gold medal for India in
the Beijing Olympics, and realizing dream of Indians World over.
In her felicitation message on his golden performance Prof.
Chawla said that Abhinav has brought laurels not only for Punjab
and Chandigarh but for the whole nation. It is all the more creditable
that he has taken his game particularly the Olympics seriously
and thought only about his country while playing.
Commenting on Bindra's achievement, she said that this should
inspire confidence amongst all the Indian players to win more
medals in the Beijing Olympics.
She further said that the Punjab Government would celebrate
the victory and honour the young player on his coming back from
INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
PUNJAB KALIA CONGRATULATES BINDRA ON WINNING GOLD MEDAL
Chandigarh August 11, 2008
Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Local Government & Industries Minister
Punjab today congratulated Mr Abhinav Bindra on winning first
Gold Medal for India in Olympic Games Beijing (China) in 10 meter
Air Rifle event, Mr Bindra has created a history by winning first
Individual Gold Medal. Mr Kalia, also congratulated Mr. A S Bindra
father of Mr. Abhinav and his Swiss coach Mr. Gaby Buehlmann.