Against odds: Abhinav Bindra possibly battled epilepsy to win Commonwealth gold in 2014
Abhinav Bindra has recently come out about the debilitating disease that had almost derailed his quest for gold in the Commonwealth Games of 2014.
The ace shooter is India’s only gold winner in a solo Olympics event ever, having brought home the honour in the 10m Air Rifle event in 2008 Beijing Olympics.
However, in 2004, Bindra had to tussle with a neuro-medical disorder, probably epilepsy , reports The Hindustan Times.
Shooting is a sport that requires exceptionally stable hands – hence, the disease was virtually a death knell for the shooter’s career. However, Bindra refused to give up and ultimately, won against the odds.
He not only won the Commonwealth gold in 2014 but also finished a close fourth in the Rio Olympics in 2016.
However, Bindra refused to shift the blame of not winning a medal at Rio on his disease and candidly admitted that he was just not good enough for bronze at that time.
The celebrated Olympian also spoke on how India can improve its dismal medals tally at the Olympics – a proper system and support for athletes have to be consistently provided, and springing into action just a few months before the events can never bring long term benefits.