Four days after Abhinav Bindra threatened to quit, the Indian Olympic Association on Wednesday said a permanent solution needs to be worked out regarding the ace shooter’s eligibility for participation in international tournaments.
IOA president Suresh Kalmadi, who met Bindra’s father on Wednesday to discuss the issues concerning the shooter’s training and participation in tournaments, said care would be taken to ensure that training schedule of elite sportsmen were not disturbed.
“Abhinav has our full support. He is our lone Olympic gold medallist, a role model and a symbol of Olympic glory.
His father made certain requests which we will consider,” Kalmadi told reporters after the meeting.
“We want more medals from him. He has a heavy training schedule and it should not be disturbed. A permanent solution has to be reached (regarding participation criteria for elite shooters liker Bindra),” the IOA chief said.
“We have to be more professional and treat players with respect. Elite players have certain requirements and we have to respect that,” he added.