|Date of Birth||28th September 1982|
|Birth Place||Dehradun, India|
|Profession||Sportsman ( Shooter)|
|Family|| Father – Dr.Apjit
Mother – Babli Bindra
Sister – Divya (fashion designer)
|Pets||‘Buddy’, a Saint Bernard and ‘Chhotu’, a Beagle|
|Coaches||Previous Coaches – Lt. Col. J.S. Dhillon, Laszlo Szuscak
Current Coaches – Gaby Buehlmann of Switzerland and Sunny Thomas
|Family Name||Khatri Sikh Punjabi|
|Residence||He lives in a farmhouse which resembles a castle on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway near Zirakpur town in Punjab around 15 km from Chandigarhi|
* Doon School, Dehradun (Till 8th Standard)
* St.Stephens School, Chandigarh
Graduation : BBA and MBA from University of Colorado, USA
|Achievements||* First Indian to win the individual gold medal in Olympic Games.
* First Indian shooter to win a World Championship Gold medal (2006)
* Youngest Indian athlete and youngest shooter (2000) at Sydney Olympics.
* Youngest participant at Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games (1998) at the age of 16.
|Training||He did tough commando training in Germany for three weeks prior to the Olympics. National Sports Development Fund (NDSF) released 35 lakh rupees last December for his 90-day training stint in Germany. This included the fees for his Germany based trainer and a sports psychologist.|
|Olympic score||699.4 points in 10m Air Riffle shooting|
|Favorites||Food: Tandoori chicken
Practice field: At his own farmhouse near Chandigarh
|Business||He is the CEO of Abhinav Futuristics, which is the sole agent of German-made Walther weapons in India, based in Chandigarh.The company plans to open offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Bhopal, Kolkata and Chennai and hopes to hit a turnover of Rs 100 crore by the year 2010.|
|Trust||Running Abhinav sports trust with a sole aim of churning out future champions in India|
|His sponsors||* Samsung
* Sahara Group
|Awards||* Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, 2001 (India’s highest sports award)
* Arjuna award, 2000.
|Records||* Won Gold at Olympic, 2008
* Won Gold at ISSF world shooting championships, Zagreb, 2006 (Score – 699.1)
* Won Gold (as pair) and Bronze (as single) at Commonwealth games, Melbourne (2006)
* Gold (as pair) and Silver (as single) at Commonwealth games, Manchester (2002)
|Injury||His career at one stage was jeopardised by a nagging back injury. Since 2006, he was down and out for months with a career-threatening spinal injury caused due to ligament overstretching in the lumbodorsal region. He took up a thorough rehabilitation programme that helped reduce the strain on his spine and made some technical changes for a better posture|
|Marriage||* His mother thinks of him as “India’s most eligible bachelor”
* Abhinav does not have a girl friend and does not want to get married in the near future
|Facts||* Abhinav comes from an affluent (Khatri) sikh family. His parents are promoters of the Hitech Group of companies with a turnover of Rs. 300 crores. This group has interests in agro and dogfood-processing, computer gaming, livestock genetics and pharmaceuticals.
* His sister is married into the family that owns Atlas Cycles.
* He received the gold medal from the Princess of Lichtenstein, a small country in central EuropeBindra, whose career at one stage was jeopardised by a nagging back injury.
* He Dedicated his medal to the fellow athletes.
*The family organised on its own the funds required for his training, in addition to support from the LN Mittal Champion Trust and Indian government.
* Abinav is one of the biggest beneficiaries of government support, which runs up to nearly a crore rupees.
* Within a day of his gold model, demand for air rifles suddenly hit a high in India.
* His track suit had a prancing leopard with the word Shiv Naresh inscribed below the picture. This was the sign of Delhi-based sportswear manufacturer Shiv Naresh which has clothed Indian sportspersons participating in all the mega games since 1991.
*He entered into shooting as a boy with -4 power in both eyes
|Secret behind his success||“I have an air-conditioned shooting range with a totally computerised Target Transportation System of international standards”|
|Quote about winning the gold medal at Olympics||“Shooting is 99 per cent luck and one per cent training”
“Once I won the gold, a sort of emptiness took over my feelings. I felt like climbing a mountain and nothing more to achieve.”
|About him||*His father AS Bindra:”My son has proved that ‘Singh is King’ in a real sense. He has brought laurels for the whole Sikh community and for the whole nation”
* Hakkinen (Rifle Shooter) : “He performed a very great final.”
* Manohar Singh Gill (Indian Sports Minister) : “Bindra’s performance would inspire the nation to more glory.
* Baskaran (former Indian Hockey captain): “Bindra’s gold medal is better than my team’s Moscow Olympic gold meda”
|About making history at Olympics (2008)||“I was trying to concentrate on shooting well; I wasn’t thinking about making history. Being two points behind, I had to shoot good. My coach asked me to be aggressive and that is what I did.”|
|Aim||To became a top shooter in 10m Rifle shooting|