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August, 2008


Punjab's Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle in Beijing on August 11


Punjab Government give an award of Rs.1 crore to Abhinav Bindra
Abhinav Bindra comes from an affluent Sikh family, belonging to the Punjabi Khatri

Sukhbir, Majithia Also Joins Chief Minister in Felicitating Bindra


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 Bindra.

"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.



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


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 Beijing.


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.



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Abhinav Bindra is an Indian shooter from Zirakpur, in Mohali district, (near Chandigarh), Punjab and is the current World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. He became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games and the first gold medal since 1980 for India by winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games


  • Bindra booked his place in the 2008 Olympics by winning the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships with a score of 699.1
  • Abhinav Bindra comes from an affluent Sikh family, belonging to the Punjabi Khatri clan[citation needed]. His parents are Dr A S Bindra and Babli Bindra
  • He studied at the Doon School, Dehradun till the 10th standard and then left for St. Stephens School, Chandigarh to pursue shooting .

  • Made a junior world record score of 597/600 in 2001 Munich World Cup and won bronze; gold in 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games; became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold; Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001.
  • Abhinav Bindra is the brightest star among a new breed of talented Indian shooters. Born on September 28, 1983, Bindra is quite often criticized for not delivering on the promise he showed as a child prodigy.
  • Coming from an affluent family and with the luxury of an indoor range in his backyard, Bindra proved to an early bird and, at 15, was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Bindra shot into limelight by winning a bronze in the 2001 Munich World Cup with a new junior world record score of 597/600.
  • In the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, competing in his pet Air rifle event, Bindra won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event. During a purple patch, Bindra won six gold medals at various international meets in the European Circuit in 2001. He was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2001.
  • In the 2004 Athens Olympics, despite breaking the Olympic record Bindra failed to win a medal. But on July 24, 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to win a World Championship gold in Zagreb. Dr. Karni Singh's silver in 1962 was the previous best by an Indian in a World Championship meet.