On Thursday, India’s first individual gold medallist Abhinav Shukla told that the journey towards the 2024 Paris Olympics game will be challenging for all the athletes given as they have been given a short period of three years to prepare themselves. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it is technically impossible the period between now and 2024 Paris games is just 3 years as they should have given more amount of time to prepare for the mega-event which is scheduled to happen later.
There was a historic moment in this year’s Tokyo Olympics as India recorded their highest medal tally this year with 1 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals as they performed exceptionally and made their country proud and showered with love and respect by fans all around the globe as the competition drew to a close.
The former 2008 Beijing gold medallist also respected the performance the Indians showed this year, as there can be more groundwork and improvement still left to do before taking competing in 2024. Abhinav Bindra recently told in a webinar organised by ELMS Sports Foundation about his signs of worry regarding the short-time cycle given to the athletes by saying “I see the next Olympics cycle will be tricky, primarily because of the shorter cycle. Normally athletes get a year post-Olympics that allows them to rest and recover, but this time around they need to get back pretty quickly.”
The former 10m rifle shooter told that all the elite and high-quality athletes should be implemented and trained at a grassroots level as they already doing well with their scientific training every year as it is will be proven critical going forward. He also motivates the Indian contingents by saying “We talk about top leaderships but I think we need to get more quality in the second-level of leadership. We need to empower these people with knowledge of how to set a high-performance environment.”
Abhinav Bindra also says that the country’s sports background is yet not developed properly due to inadequate facility, proper training as well as proper motivation and guidance given to all the athletes. It must be played in a more meaningful way as it might lose talents coming from junior to elite-list athletes.