ABHINAV A. BINDRA
Olympic Champion, Entrepreneur
Abhinav Bindra’s journey to becoming the first Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold (Beijing, 2008), and the first Indian to win a World Championship Gold (2006) in Air Rifle shooting is an example of a single-minded quest for perfection. His victory at Beijing was not just a personal one; it also broke a sporting barrier that had haunted the nation for a Century.
Born in Dehradun, he won over a 150 individual medals in a career that lasted over twenty years. He fired his last shot at in 2016 at the Rio Olympics, where he finished 4th.
Recipient of the Arjuna Award and the youngest recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Mr. Bindra was also conferred with India’s 3rd highest civilian award, The Padma Bhushan, in 2009. He was also honored with the title of (Hony.) Lt. Col. in the Territorial Army. For his exceptional services to the Sport of shooting, he was awarded with the Blue Cross in 2018 by the International Shooting Sport Federation, which is the ISSF’s highest honor.