2008 Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra urged people to stay at home and help Delhi Police during the lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a video tweeted by Delhi Police, the former shooter says, “Join in this fight against coronavirus. Follow lockdown rules, ensure social distancing. Help Delhi Police as their brave personnel risk their lives to protect you and your family. Stay home, stay safe.”
Earlier, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Test fast bowler Ishant Sharma lauded the Delhi Police for the work they have been putting in during the lockdown in the national capital.
“It is heartening for me to know that the police service across the nation is helping so many people in these difficult times,” said Kohli. “I want to acknowledge the efforts of Delhi police who have not only performed their duties with absolute honesty but also taken food to the poor people on a daily basis, which is their utmost requirement. So, well done and keep putting in the same effort.”
“This is the time to stay at home, spend time with your loved ones and take care of yourself and your family. Delhi police jawans are performing their duties day and night,” said Ishant.
In May 2016, the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) appointed Abhinav Bindra as the Goodwill Ambassador for Rio 2016 Olympics Indian Contingent. In the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Bindra finished 4th in the finals of the 10-metre Air Rifle Event.
With over 150 medals in his 22 year career, he is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan from the government of India, and one of the top influencers of Sport Policy in the country. On 5 September 2016, Abhinav Bindra announced his retirement.
Abhinav Bindra won the Gold medal in the Men’s 10-metre Air rifle event at the 12th Asian Shooting Championships, held in Doha Qatar. Abhinav Bindra lost in the qualification round at the 2012 London Olympics finishing in 16th place with a score of 594.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, he came fourth in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle singles event after losing a shoot-off for the top 3 to Serhiy Kulish, who eventually won the silver.