Legendary Olympian Abhinav Bindra has offered full support to every athlete heading to the Tokyo Olympics, India. The former world champion in the 10-meter air rifle praised all athletes who overcame numerous adversities, especially the COVID-19 challenges, in the past year in order to book a ticket for the Tokyo Olympics.
38-year-old Abhinav Bindra is India’s only individual gold medalist at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the men’s 10-meter air rifle. The Chinese Zhu Qinan took silver, while Henri Häkkinen from Finland was satisfied with bronze.
In a letter posted on Twitter, Abhinav Bindra congratulated everyone who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and is confident of bringing everyone together in these troubled times.
“I am proud of you and wish you all the best as you set out to bring more Olympic glory to India. If you need help or just want to talk about my experience with the Games, I’m always here to help, ”Abhinav Bindra wrote in the letter.
“For every athlete, the journey to the games requires years of rigorous training and is full of hardships and setbacks. ” he added
100 Indian athletes have so far booked tickets for the Tokyo Olympics
So far, 100 Indian athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics – 56 men and 44 women. While India will have the most representation, there are several premieres for the country at the Tokyo Olympics. For example, CA Bhavani Devi is India’s first fencer to qualify for the Summer Olympics.
Abhinav Bindra described the achievements of Indian athletes as “rare and exceptional” at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was devastating worldwide. Not only has it changed athletes’ eating habits, but also their independence with strict protocols.
“Your rare accomplishment is all the more extraordinary when you consider how the ongoing pandemic would have forced you to change your respective training plans in order to prepare for these Olympics. However, they have weathered these uncertain times with sheer will and determination to emerge as true champions; as Olympians, ”said Abhinav Bindra.
Olympia is every athlete’s greatest dream. The thrill and excitement of being in the biggest sporting event will be there for everyone. While some have already experienced the adrenaline rush, there will be many who will experience it for the first time in Tokyo.
“The thrill of competing in the biggest sporting event in the world and being recognized as the best athletes in your country is still unparalleled. I am sure you will itch to shed light on Tokyo with your relentless determination and skill, ”said Abhinav Bindra.
“I would like to offer you all of my best wishes and support. As an Olympian, you have the forever opportunity to be an ambassador of the spirit of Olympism and to promote friendship, respect and excellence wherever you go and whatever you do, ”concluded Abhinav Bindra.