Abhinav Bindra: I am at peace with my decision to retire


RIO DE JANEIRO: Shooter Abhinav Bindra could not able to reach to the finals on Monday. He hadn’t received any medal as he lost his first match.

"It is my job to be composed. I do not want to break down in front of you. I knew this was coming and I am at peace with it. I did my best but ended up fourth. No medal but very close. Had a good day, but it didn't pay off," Bindra told reporters after the end of the event at Rio Olympics.

Bindra felt that there's no possibility of entering the shooting range again.

"I am done, I have announced my retirement, so there is no reconsideration. I am not going to shoot again. This is it. I support youngsters already. I support 30 young shooters through my foundation. I will try and do the best I can," the ace marksman added.

The fourth place finish will not be able to give a clear picture of what kind of effort has gone into the preparation and the 2008 Olympic champion said that there was no dearth of effort this time also.

"I really tried to put my best foot forward all these years. I am really happy with the way it is."

"That is an unfair question to ask. I just completed my event and you want me to give the story of my life's future, I've no idea", he said.

Bindra also dismissed ideas of giving pep talk to other Indian athletes at the Games.

"Not at this juncture. It's not my job to become their coaches. They have their support staff," said Bindra.

Bindra begin with his Oympics journey in year 2000. During that time, he was qualified in three Olympic finals including his golden journey of Beijing in 2008 while he missed out in Sydney and London.

"I am converting that into a vegetable garden. Don't you think I'm a serious person.Maybe the next time (Tokyo 2020), I will come as a journalist if anybody gives me a job," Bindra said.

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