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Abhinav Bindra awards Rifles to deserving junior shooters

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In a unique gesture of giving back to sport, India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra awarded high quality German made Walther Rifles to five young talented and deserving Indian shooters, free of cost. The shooters received the weapons in New Delhi earlier today at Abhinav Futuristics, Bindra’s office. The promising young shooters are Satyam Chauhan (20), Prashant Tanwar (19), Gajendra Rai (16) [all from Uttar Pradesh], Arun Sharma (21) from Jammu & Kashmir and Nikhil B (16) from Karnataka.

The young shooters have been identified for support under the Abhinav Bindra and GoSports Foundation’s Shooting Development Programme, which offers support to 30 of India’s top rifle and pistol shooters. The Programme, instituted by the Abhinav Bindra Foundation and the GoSports Foundation, also offers shooting training and access to high-performance sports science expertise to the selected shooters through Development Workshops, in addition to monetary support and personalised mentorship by Olympians Abhinav Bindra and Suma Shirur.

The shooters have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants, basis a comprehensive process that exemplifies the need to account for merit, sustained potential, and need. The selection process was overseen by Abhinav Bindra himself, who headed the selection panel consisting of other top shooters and experts.

Sharing his thoughts on the Programme, Abhinav Bindra said, “Indian shooters are an extremely talented bunch, and they have been performing extremely well at all levels of competition. The five shooters we have chosen for Equipment Support have demonstrated great potential, and in spite of limited resources, are doing well at the national level. I would like to thank Walther Arms for extending their support and offering equipment to our young shooters. We hope that the high-quality and precision of these new weapons will propel them to greater heights, and provide them an impetus to become world class shooters.”

Saisudha Sugavanam, Programme Director at the GoSports Foundation said, “All five shooters receiving the weapons are extremely talented. From the pool of 30 shooters part of the Programme, the five have been chosen considering their scores, performances, as well as their financial background. We are grateful to Abhinav Bindra and Walther Arms for extending the support to these deserving shooters. With these new top-quality rifles, we are confident that they will shoot much better, and scale greater heights in their sport.”

One of the beneficiaries is Arun Sharma from Jammu, a 21-year old former NCC Cadet. After graduating last year from the NCC, he was left with no place to train, and with no equipment to train with. Delighted to be part of Abhinav Bindra’s Programme, Arun said, “Shooting is an expensive sport, it was very difficult for me to meet the costs; I had even considered quitting. I would like to thank the GoSports Foundation and Abhinav Bindra for their support, without which I would not have been able to continue shooting. Not only have they provided me with high quality rifle and kit, but through the programme I also have access to the technical expertise of Abhinav Bindra, Suma Shirur and physical and mental conditioning trainers. Thanks to their support, I no longer have to borrow weapons from other shooters during competitions. The support has helped me improve immensely as a shooter and keeps me motivated to give my best.”

16-year-old Nikhil B from Bangalore was equally thrilled, “I’m very happy to receive the Walther Rifle from Abhinav Bindra. So far, I was using an old, second hand rifle, and struggling to maintain consistency in my scores. With the new weapon, I’m confident that I will do well, and consistently score higher than before. I’m extremely grateful to Abhinav Bindra and GoSports Foundation for their support.”