Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra has achieved yet another feat. He is still India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist. He is currently 36 years old. He was awarded the coveted ISSF Blue Cross on Friday.
The Blue Cross is the highest recognition conferred by the parent body of international shooting, the ISSF. Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to be awarded the Blue Cross. The award is conferred for outstanding contribution to the sport of shooting and honors distinguished members of the international shooting fraternity.
Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra expressed his feelings on Twitter. He said that he was extremely humbled to receive the Blue Cross. He also said, “I am deeply humbled to receive the ISSF’s highest honor, the Blue Cross. It has been a great honour and privilege to work for the athletes and the ISSF.”
In his illustrious career of shooting, Abhinav Bindra won an Olympic gold medal in the year 2008, a World Championship gold medal in 2006, 7 Commonwealth Games medals and 3 Asian Games medals. He became a household name when he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal by winning the top prize in the 10m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 2000, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2009.
He narrowly missed out on a second Olympic medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. He then decided to retire from the sport at the age of 33. This was to make way for the next generation of Indian shooters.
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh was also awarded the ISSF diploma of honor gold medal.
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