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Abhinav Bindra Becomes 1st Indian To Receive The Highest Shooting Honour 'Blue Cross'

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| November 30 , 2018 , 20:35 IST

India's star shooter Abhinav Bindra on Friday had added yet another feat to his bright career. The 36-year-old who is still India's only individual Olympic gold medallist was awarded the coveted ISSF Blue Cross.

It is learnt that the Blue Cross is the highest recognition conferred by the international shooting body, the ISSF.

Bindra is the first Indian to be awarded the Blue Cross. The award is conferred for outstanding contribution to the sport of shooting and honours distinguished members of the international shooting fraternity.

Speaking to media Abhinav said, "I am deeply humbled to receive the ISSF's highest honour, the Blue Cross. It has been a great honour and privilege to work for the athletes and the ISSF."

The 36-year-old in his bright career won an Olympic gold (2008), a World Championship gold (2006), 7 Commonwealth Games medals and 3 Asian Games medals. He became a household name when he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal by winning the top prize in the 10m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He was given the Arjuna award in 2000, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2009.

He narrowly missed out on a second Olympic medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, a post which he decided to retire from the sport at the age of 33 to make way for the next generation of Indian shooters.