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Know about Air rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra was the Olympic Champion in Air Rifle shooting during 2010 Olympics. He is the first-ever Indian to win an individual Gold Medal since 1900 - the year our country participated in the Olympic games for the first time. His unparalleled achievements in the shooting arena have made the nation proud and he has been bestowed with honours from a very young age due to his consummate performances on the international stage. He received the Arjuna Award at the young age of  17 and has been the youngest recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards – the highest sporting honour in the country at 18 years.  Abhinav has also been decorated with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour, in 2009 after his historic Gold Medal wins at the Beijing Olympics.
He was the first of many thousands of relay runners who will carry the baton for the New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, across the globe.  The  New Delhi  2010 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay commenced from Buckingham Palace on October 29 with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passing the baton in the presence of our Hon’ble President Smt Pratibha Patil.

Recently, he was honoured with the two top awards at the first-ever SAHARA Indian Sports Awards

  •     Bindra was adjudged as “The Sportsman of the Year”
  •     his gold medal-winning feat at the Beijing Olympics was declared as “the Most Memorable Moment of the Year” in Indian Sport

The Government of India has recently invited him to be a part of their initiatives towards national integration, etc.

He was the first speaker at the event  “A Nation In Solidarity”. This was hosted by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the behest of the Hon’ble Home Minister Shri P Chidambaram himself and was held in memory of the victims of terror attacks in India including incidents in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, among others. The event was held at India Gate in New Delhi and was dedicated to the cause of the nation coming together in its fight against terror.

He has also been made a member of Central Selection Committee for the National Youth Awards 2008-09, constituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. This committee is chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Dr M S Gill himself.

Major Achievements

  • Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist 700.5 2008
  • Gold and Silver Medalist at inter shoot, Netherlands 2010
  • Gold Medalist Air Rifle Australian Cup, Sydney 2007
  • Gold Medalist Air Rifle Asian Shooting Championship 2007
  • World Champion Air Rifle World Championship Zagreb 2006
  • Common Wealth Games, Melbourne – Gold, Silver, Bronze medalist 2006
  • Asian Shooting Championship Bangkok - Gold Medalist 2005
  • National Champion 2005
  • Broke the Olym pic Record of 96 Atlanta Olympics at Athens Olympics 2004
  • Common Wealth Games Record Holder 2004
  • Athens Olympics (Finalist) 2004
  • All American Shooting Championship at Colorado Springs Gold Medalist 2004
  • National Champion 2003
  • Bronze Medalist World Cup Munich 2003
  • Asian Shooting Championship – Silver Medalist 2003
  • National Champion 2002
  • Common Wealth Games, Manchester -Gold, Silver, Medalist 2002
  • European Circuit Champion - 7 Gold Medals, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze 2002
  • Junior World Record Holder Air Rifle in Munich 2001
  • National Champion 2001
  • National Champion 2000
  • National Champion 1999
  • Represented India in 48 World Cups, 3 Common Wealth Games
  • 3 Olympics, 3 Asian Games, 6 European Circuit Championship

Awards & Recognitions

  • Padma Bhushan 2009
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2009
  • Bharat Shiromani Award 2009
  • India Youth Sports Icon 2009
  • NDTV - India Sportsman of the year 2008
  • Madhya Pradesh Khel Ratna 2008
  • Punjab Praman Patra Award 2006
  • Uttaranchal Praman Patra Award 2003
  • UT Government Most Elite Sportsman Award 2002
  • K.K. Birla Award 2002
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2001
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award 2001
  • Arjuna Award 2000


  • International Olympic Solidarity Scholarship 2008
  • International Olympic Solidarity Scholarship 2007
  • Scholarship - Mittal Champions Trust 2006
  • Sahara Sports Scholarship 2004
  • International Olympic Solidarity Scholarship 2004
  • International Olympic Solidarity Scholarship 2003
  • Appreciation by Director-American Olympic Training Central, Colorado Springs


  • Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Colorado
  • Pursuing Doctorate in Masters of Business Management
  • Diploma in Sports Mental Management from Munich• Lanny School of Mental Management, USA
  • Conferred Honorary Doctorate in Literature from SRM University, Chennai on 8th September 2008
  • Business
  • Director, Abhinav Futuristics Limited
  • Director, Abhinav Hotels & Inns Pvt. Ltd

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