New Delhi, March 22: I have been occupied with my professional career and it is top priority for me said Star Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra on Wednesday. While talking to reporters, Abhinav said that I have also been occupied with three committees which take a lot of time and I’m glad that the work on the Sports Code is done.
World and Olympic champion said, “It was a good experience and worked out well. The identification process for the TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme), for the Tokyo Olympics, is on. It will continue for some time. Shooting had to first survive. There are 20 to 30 new disciplines that are fighting to get into the Olympics. The bottom line was the Agenda 2020 of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which wants to ensure gender equality.
Shooting was one of the nine international federations that had not achieved it thus far. It was imperative that it met the requirement... The senior shooters were understandably upset at losing their events. The juniors were able to understand and appreciate the situation. The mixed events have been well received in the European Championships. It is a progressive step to ensure that shooting stays in the Olympic movement, he added.
Bindra said, “I do agree that the performance in the World Cup was commendable. We have the numbers and talent to keep doing well in the World Cups. But the measure of success is mainly gauged in the Olympics and the World Championships. In our case, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games are also important.
The question is, how many shooters can we put in the Olympics? How many medals can we win there? We have to stand up to the real challenge at the highest levels. Money is not an issue for shooting. The question is how you want to spend the money, your priorities, said Indian shooter.