Tuesday, August 12, 2008


"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
- Robert H. Schuller

Abhinav Bindra’s feat in the Beijing Olympics is a feather in the cap for more than billion Indians. We all Indians are proud of him. He went by the road less traveled with passion to make it big. And he has made it big with his grit and determination. It is indeed turning point for Indian sports at the international level. His achievement is unique in the sense that he is the first Indian to win in the individual event. It is after 28 years India got gold medal at the Olympics.

There are certain things to make a note of in this context. It is time Indian government focused on all sports equally. Presently we focus on very few sports and Cricket is on the top priority list for all including corporate sponsors. It is time sports was encouraged as a full-time career. It is necessary to separate politics from sports. There is a strong emphasis on infrastructure. Indian sportspersons should inculcate killer instinct.

Other sportspersons should emulate from the success of Abhinav. “Self-trust is the first secret of success”, said Ralph Waldo Emerson. We should trust in ourselves so as to succeed in sports. There is no point in inventing excuses for debacles. We need to explore where we are going awry. We need to dream big, think big and achieve big. Let stars be the goals and sky be the limit. Abhinav becomes an inspiring personality and keeps motivating Indian sportspersons forever. We can proudly say that he is the Neil Armstrong of Indian sports. Once again, kudos to The Master Shooter.


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