After narrowly missing out on a medal yesterday, Abhinav Bindra confirmed that he will not be reconsidering his decision to retire from shooting. The 2008 gold medallist added that he tried to put his best foot forward every time and he is really happy with the way his career has panned out.
In a nail-biting final in the men’s 10m air rifle, India’s 2008 Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the event. In a tense shoot-off, Bindra shot a 10, while Ukraine’s Serhiy Kulish shot a 10.5 to remain in the last three and to confirm a medal. Although he lost out on a second Olympic medal by a whisker, he did not show the disappointment in front of the media.
It is my job to be composed. I do not want to break down in front of you."
"It is my job to be composed. I do not want to break down in front of you. I knew this was coming and I am at peace with it. I did my best but ended up fourth. No medal but very close. Had a good day, but it didn't pay off," Bindra told reporters after the end of the event at Rio Olympics, reported PTI.
Bindra had announced earlier that Rio will be his last tournament and confirmed on Monday that he will not be reconsidering his decision.
I am done, I have announced my retirement."
"I am done, I have announced my retirement, so there is no reconsideration. I am not going to shoot again. This is it. I support youngsters already. I support 30 young shooters through my foundation. I will try and do the best I can," the ace marksman added.
The soon to be 34-year-old added that he always tried to put his best foot forward in his career and is really happy with the way it has panned out.
"I really tried to put my best foot forward all these years. I am really happy with the way it is."
When asked about his future plans, Bindra gave a cutting reply to the reporter and said, "That is an unfair question to ask. I just completed my event and you want me to give the story of my life's future, I've no idea.”