Golden boy 'Bindra' urges professional approach

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{image-abhinav bindra_27082008.jpg}New Delhi, Aug 27: Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, who became India's first individual Olympic champion after claiming the 10m air rifle, has urged sports administrators to adopt a more professional approach to help the country build on the three medals it won at the Beijing Games.

Bindra said he planned to use his new status to raise the profile of sport in the counrty.''I don't have any definite answers but it is a great opportunity to promote Olympic sports,'' he told reporters late yesterday. He appreciate the efforts of wrestler Sushil Kumar and boxer Vijender Kumar who won bronze medals in Beijing and said the winning momentum must go on. ''We won three medals (in Beijing), but that also gives us a lot of responsibility to keep this momentum going,'' Bindra said.

''We've to give our athletes the best opportunity to perform well at London 2012.'' The 25-year-old gold medalist said more companies should now support athletes.

''Everything has to be professionally done,'' he stated, when asked about the absence of a proper sports structure in India.

''We need to have a goal, how we want to do going ahead, if we are to replicate our performance,'' he added.


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