Barely 26, Abhinav has been in the limelight, winning at many international events.
At the age of 15, Abhinav Bindra was the youngest participant at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and two years later he was the youngest shooter at the 2000 Olympic Games. He won six gold medals at various international meets in 2001.
In the Air rifle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester, he won Gold in the Pairs event and Silver in the individual event. At the 2004 Olympic Games, he broke the Olympic record but failed to win a medal. Recipient of the Arjuna award in 2001 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 2001-2002, Abhinav Bindra isn’t just an ace shooter but also possesses a good business acumen.
Silent killer, as described by his father, he is the one who spotted his son’s talent when Abhinav was 5 years old. “He kept a water balloon on our maid’s head and began shooting, knowing little that a slight mistake could have proved fatal. But his aim was so perfect that I couldn’t think about anything else but make him a pro,” says AS Bindra.
I find it absolutely despicable that no one has ever pointed out that this is totally and utterly fucked up. Maybe Bindra will be man enough and give part of his “multi-million” dollar prize money to the poor maid who must have been quivering with fear praying to her god to help improve Bindra’s aim which ultimately got him a medal at the olympics.
I hope against hope that Bindra senior was exaggerating and made this whole story up.