Biography- Indian Sportsperson – Abhinav Bindra

Born : 28th September, 1982

Abhinav Bindra Abinav Bindra is the Olympic gold winner of India that has made the billion plus citizens of nation proud with his exemplary performance in Olympics. He is the first ever Indian to win the individual Olympic gold medal in 108 years. He is a remarkable shooter that has inspired millions of sportsperson in the country to nurture and work for Olympic Gold.

Abhinav was born in Dehra Dun to Dr.Apjit Bindra and Babli Bindra. His parents own the business and promote the Hi-tech Group of companies. He hails from rich Punjabi Khatri family and completed his studies from Dun School, Dehradun; St. Stephens School, Chandigarh and Colorado University. From the childhood, Abhinav had a keen interest in Shooting. He has started shooting as a professional sports at an early age of 15. He became the youngest Indian athlete that represented India at 2000 Olympic Games.

Abhinav won the bronze medal at the Junior World Cup at Munich in 2001. He had created world record in that event. He had won the gold medal at 2002 Manchester Commonwealth games. In 2001, he was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

At Beijing Olympics Games 2008, Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an Individual Olympic gold medal in 10mt air rifle shooting. Earlier the gold medal was won by Indian hockey team in 1980. He became qualified for the Beijing Olympics by winning the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. On his return home after winning the Gold medal for India, he was rewarded by many state govts and private associations for such a remarkable feat.

Some of the rewards given to Abhinav Bindra include the following.

Rs. 1 crore cash award by Punjab State Government

Rs. 25 lakh cash award by the Haryana State Government

Rs. 25 lakh cash award by the BCCI

Rs. 15 lakh money award by Steel Ministry of India

In addition to numerous cash rewards by various organisations, Abhinav Bindra receives a free lifetime railway pass by Railway Ministry of India.