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Enjoy the journey: Bindra

Chandigarh: Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, on Friday revealed that he had often thought of quitting shooting.

“There were times when my life was full of frustration and nervousness and I even thought of giving up the sport many times. But moral support from my parents, will power and determination helped me pull myself out,” Bindra said.

Recalling his days of struggle, he said: “Life is full of ups and downs, so one should lay focus on hard work and enjoy the journey rather than the final outcome or the medal... Failure is the key to move ahead with learning.”

Speaking about his selection to the shooting team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he said: “Although this is my fifth CWG, for me every Games is like my first, and the desire to win increases with every match I play.”

Talking about the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, he said: “It works towards grassroot-level development of sport in India and encourages young boys and girls to participate. This will instil the spirit of sportsmanship in them and teach them life’s lessons and break social and cultural barriers.”

He said the government should lay special emphasis on “restructuring the legislative framework” if they are to bring about a change in the country’s sport scene.

“The situation of sports management in India is improving, but we still need to cover a lot of ground in this regard. The new government should lay special emphasis on restructuring the legislative framework in order to bring about the desired substantial change in Indian sport system,” he said.

Bindra was speaking at a conference arranged by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.

(Agencies)