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Medallist attacks India officials

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India’s Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has hit out at the nation’s sports coaches and officials, saying they “know nothing” about sport.

India won their best ever haul, a gold and two bronze medals, in Beijing. But Bindra, who won gold in the 10m air rifle event, said there was “no magic solution” to make the underperforming nation a sporting power.

“If we want to get to double digits, we need to target 2016 and start working from today,” he said.

But the respective federations have no vision and I don’t see that changing. I wish I had a magic solution but unfortunately, I don’t. The IOA has to play a role in building athletes. It does nothing.”

I hadn’t realized the Olympic bureaucracy in India was so stodgy. It takes a good deal of courage to speak out – even as a winning athlete. Though this certainly is the best time to do so.

Kudos to Bindra for having the courage of his convictions. I hope a productive dialogue follows.

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Written by Ed Campbell

August 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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