Abhinav Bindra doubts Sourav Ganguly’s rise as administrator

Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian Cricket team captain and the CAB president Sourav Ganguly arrives for a meeting in Kolkata, India. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Abhinav Bindra is the only Olympic gold medallist in an individual event in Indian history. He was eliminated in 10m air rifle from the 2016 Rio Olympics. He made a controversial comment on the ascent of Sourav Ganguly as an administrator in an interview with Bengali daily Ei Samay.

The 34-year old Bindra was asked by the daily whether he would want to go into sports administration and he said that he is not keen on getting involved in politics, which, according to him, is a prerequisite for rising through the ranks in sports administration.


When cited the example of Ganguly, currently Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President, Bindra responded: “Who said Ganguly is not involved in politics? I am aware that he is a political sports administrator. You should know how he rose through ranks as an administrator.”

It was quite understandable that Bindra is disappointed and is frustrated following his elimination. When asked about his future plans as this was his last appearance in Olympics, he initially said that he would sell his rifles and pursue a career in vegetable farming, and even asked the journalist whether there was an opening to cover Tokyo Olympics 2020 as a correspondent.

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Earlier, Bindra was the flag-bearer for India in the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. He was considered as one of the key contenders for India’s hunt for a medal. India are without a medal in Rio Olympics till date, though several members are yet to participate in their events as they carry the hopes of the Indians.