Trainer confirms tampering of Bindra's gun

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New Delhi, Aug 14: It could have been disasterous for Abhinav Bindra if he had not noticed that his gunsight was fiddled during the final of 10m Air Rifle event at the Olympics where he defied all odds to win the first individual gold for India.

Talking to mediapersons here last night, Bindra's mental trainer Amit Bhatacharjee confirmed that the ace marksman's gunsight fiddled with.''Yes, somebody did touch his gun and there was a problem in his gunsight which was moved. That was the reason he shot a four point which he can shoot with closed eyes on any given day,'' Bhatacharjee said. He said it was good that Bindra noticed it early otherwise the gold medal would have never come to India.

''It was good that Abhinav noticed it early in the event otherwise it could have serious effects to what we are witnessing today,'' he added.

Bhatacharjee, who has been associated with Bindra since 2000 and took over as his mental trainer in a full fledged manner in 2004, was all praise for the Indian marksman's focus and determenation.

''He has always been a cool and a calm boy. He just not lets anything to get over him.

''His focus and determination stand him apart and he truely deserved every bit of success that he has got,'' he added.

However, Bhatarcharjee said though the training in Germany did help Bindra to a great extent, it can not be claimed that other shooters were not given good facilities.

''The training in Germany did help him a lot. But every shooter who went to Olympics was given the best of facilities and just by winning or losing a medal one can not categorise them,'' he pointed out.

UNI

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