India’s solely particular person Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra on Friday lauded the Tokyo-bound athletes for exhibiting nice willpower and reaching the “exceptional” feat of qualifying for the Summer Games in the face of the COVID-19 adversity.
Bindra, the nation’s biggest Olympian, posted a heartfelt message, congratulating all Indian athletes who’ve certified for the Tokyo Games, beginning July 23.
“Many congratulations to each one of you for having defeated every challenge that dared stand in your way and securing qualification for the Tokyo Olympics 2021,” Bindra wrote.
“For every athlete, the journey to the Games takes years of rigorous training and is full of hardships and setbacks, it takes immense dedication and resilience to reach where you are now, where only a few special women and men from our nation have gone,” he added.
So far, 100 athletes have certified for the Tokyo Games, together with 56 males and 44 girls.
“Your rare feat is all the more exceptional considering how the ongoing pandemic would have forced you to change your respective training plans in order to prepare for these Olympic Games,” Bindra mentioned.
“However, you persevered through these uncertain times by sheer will and determination, to emerge as true champions; as Olympians.”
The 38-year-old, who created historical past by successful the nation’s first and solely particular person Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, hoped the athletes can be “able to highlight the power of sport to bring people together in these difficult times.”
“The thrill of competing at the greatest sporting event in the world and being recognized as the best sports persons in your country remains unprecedented. I am sure you will be itching to light up Tokyo with your unrelenting resolve and skills,” Bindra mentioned.
“I want to offer you all my good wishes and support. As an Olympian, you will forever have the opportunity to be an ambassador of the spirit of Olympism and promote friendship respect and excellence wherever you go and whatever you do.”
The former world champion in 10m air rifle additionally supplied his help to any athlete who needs to talk to him.
“I’m pleased with you and need you all the absolute best as you embark in your quest of bringing extra Olympic glory to India.
“If you require any assistance or even if you just want to discuss my experiences at the Games, I am here always available…” he added.