Abhinav Bindra Becomes First Indian To Be Honoured With Shooting's Top Award
Abhinav Bindra remains the only gold medallist for India in the Olympics till date.
- Bindra had created history during the Beijing Olympics
- Bindra had also clinched 4 gold medals in the Commonwealth Games
- Olegario Vazquez Rana retired on Friday
Abhinav Bindra, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist was conferred with shooting's highest award by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) at the General Assembly in Munich on Friday. The Arjuna awardee on receiving the prestigious Blue Cross took to Twitter to express that he feels "extremely humbled." The 36-year-old Bindra had created history during the Beijing Olympics when he became the first Indian individual to clinch a gold medal. The Zirakpur-born Bindra also remains the lone Indian till date to clinch the gold at the Olympics.
Bindra had also clinched 4 gold medals in the Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) and one gold during the 2006 World Championships.
Meanwhile, the longest-standing ISSF President, Olegario Vazquez Rana retired on Friday, after serving 38 years at the lead of the ISSF.
Bindra congratulated Vasquez on Twitter for his contribution and said that, "it's an end to a great era for ISSF."
"Today mark an end to a great Era for @ISSF_Shooting as President Vasquez retires. It has been a great honour and privelage to serve the sport under his presidency. Wishing him all the very very best for the future," Bindra tweeted.
Today mark an end to a great Era for @ISSF_Shooting as President Vasquez retires. It has been a great honour and privelage to serve the sport under his presidency. Wishing him all the very very best for the future. pic.twitter.com/OIgki6pqGP— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) November 30, 2018
Meanwhile, Raninder Singh, president, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was named among four vice-presidents elected by the ISSF during the General Assembly.
#ISSF General Assembly elected the four ISSF Vice-Presidents: Mr. Kevin Kilty of Ireland (162 votes), Raninder Sigh of India (161 ), Robert Mitchell of USA (153), and Wang Yifu of the People's Republic of China, who was re-elected with 146 votes. Day-1 of the GA is closed.— ISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) November 30, 2018
Barring the top podium finishes, Bindra also clinched two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games (2002, 2010) and one bronze during the 2006 Games.