Shooters overwhelmingly voted for rule changes: Abhinav Bindra


Bindra said all the National Sports Federations need to have a professional set up and appointment of a Performance Manager.


The Beijing Olympics 10m air rifle gold medalist was speaking at the launch of ELMS. (Excellence in Learning and Mastering of Sports and Physical Literacy) Foundation, of which he will be one of the leading lights, along with Pullela Gopichand.

Talking about High Performance Managers, Bindra said, “One of the recommendations of the committee to draft the National Sports Code of which I am a member was to mandate each of the NSFs to have a HPM on its staff. The results a particular sport achieves will be directly proportional to the quality of the person who is appointed HPM.

As per the new rules, shots in the women’s 10m air rifle and air pistol events will increase from 40to60. Women’s 50m and rifle 3P events will see an increase from 60 to 120 shots.

The women’s trap and skeet events will have 125 targets as against the existing 75. While in the women’s running target event, the shots go up from 40to60.

The event was also attended by former badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand and Minister of State (MoS) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

“A High Performance Manager is someone who has an intrinsic deep knowledge of sports and then oversee the whole sport in a result-oriented mindset. They are not bound to one sport and can seamlessly move and develop different sports.

“We want an individual who has gained a world perspective of sports and who can then improve our local situation here.”

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