Bindra to quit professional shooting today

Incheon :  India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra on Monday announced his retirement from competitive shooting, saying the 2014 Asian Games would be his last, but added that he would still give his last shot at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Bindra, 31, will represent India in his pet event, the 10-mtre air rifle event, on Tuesday. “(Tuesday) will mark the end of my professional shooting life! I will, however, still shoot, compete as a hobby shooter, training twice a week,” Bindra, who won the gold in the Beijing Olympics, said on Twitter.

Bindra announced in July that the 2014 Glasgow Games would be his last Commonwealth Games and he finished it off in style by winning his maiden singles Commonwealth Games gold. The former World Champion still hoped that he would be at Rio Olympics in 2016. “And yes, I will still try to be at Rio and my bio is now most appropriate! Great times and am sure there will be a few more!” Bindra tweeted.

In 2006, Bindra became the first Indian shooter to become a World Champion and two years later he scripted history by winning the individual gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics.

Bindra, who was the youngest participant at the 1998 CWG, has fourth Commonwealth Gold medal. His previous three golds were in pairs and singles in Glasgow. —IANS

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