‘Abhinav fought well’
ZIRAKPUR: Despite 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra failing to do an encore in London on Monday, shooter's father AS Bindra said he was proud with his son's performance, and that the loss could only be described as a bad day at the office.
“Abhinav had been training really hard; he fought well today. But it was simply not his day. However, I am proud of him,” said the Bindra senior while talking to media persons at his house in Zirakpur.
Abhinav, who was defending his title in the 10m air-rifle event, failed to qualify for the final round and finished 16th out of 47 contestants. On the other hand, compatriot Gagan Narang not only booked a place among the final eight, but also brought cheers to the Indian contingent by winning bronze later in the day.
Abhinav's father said the ace shooter's performance only dipped in the last round of the qualification, adding, "I don't know what went wrong. Only Abhinav can provide the answers." Abhinav Bindra's father AS Bindra on his way to address the media in Zirakpur on Monday.
Abhinav had been training really hard; he fought well today. But
it was simply not his day. However, I am
proud of him.
Senior Bindra said the shooter was dealing with twin pressure: "From what I learnt from his (Abhinav's) mental trainer, the focus of the entire world media was on him. And he was dealing with double pressure - of defending his title as well as performing as per the expectations. He surely gave more than his 100% percent, but it was his hard luck."
On asked whether Abhinav would participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics ( to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Bindra said it was too early to say so. “The decision would be taken by Abhinav himself.”
Bindra also acknowledged the support provided to his son by sports ministry and National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) .