New Delhi: Ace pistol shooter Vijay Kumar will be India’s flag-bearer during the inauguration of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Wednesday.
According to sources, the silver medallist in the London Olympics was chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for the prestigious job, after another top shooter – Abhinav Bindra – turned down the offer to be the flag-bearer.
“Initially, we decided to ask Bindra to do the job since he is India’s lone individual gold medallist in Olympic Games,” said a senior IOA official. “However, when Bindra pointed out that his event would be held the very next day after the inauguration, we thought of making Vijay the flag bearer,” he added.
The 28-year-old warrant officer from Indian Army holds a superb record in the Commonwealth Games. In 25 metres rapid fire, his favourite event, Vijay won a gold medal in the 2006 Melbourne CWG and repeated the feat four years later in Delhi.
Vijay also won the pairs gold in both the places and added one more gold to his kitty in Delhi in the centre fire event. The pairs and centre fire events, however, would not be held in Glasgow. The Himachal shooter’s best moment came in London in 2012 when he won the silver in the 25 metres after failing to qualify for the final in 10 metres air pistol.