On Monday, Indian Shooter and Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra addressed a newly appointed Assistant Directors at Sports Authority of India (SAI) and other official members in an online session. Bindra was joined by Nandan Kamath, lawyer and managing trustee of the nGoSports foundation.
As he was addressing the newly appointed Assistant Director he said that as sports administrators, they need to work towards creating a new skill development program for athletes to ensure their well being in a longer run.
“It is important to strike relationships with the experts and coaches that various federations have,” Bindra said.
“An expert can give a larger overview of the various elements that go into sporting performance and that’s where you will understand where performance is built and what are the various elements that go into performance and then you will start to have a better and deeper understanding of where performance is built. Results at a competition cannot be the only denominator when planning for an Olympic Games or an Asian Games,” he added.
Speaking about the basics of foundations, he said, “Getting foundations right is important, a lot of work on that has already been started with the Khelo India program and also emphasis placed on junior programme of different sports.”
He also said that he sees Indian sports emerging when this current Coronavirus pandemic subsides.
Bindra said that the post Coronavirus world could be a blessing in disguise for India. There may not be so much cj foreign exposure and this may allow India to build proper sporting infrastructure. We need to build our own coaches and our own support staff.