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Abhinav Bindra to head NRAI review committee on Rio Olympics shooting debacle-

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India’s first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra was recently named Chairman of a five-member review committee to probe the shooters’ Rio Games debacle

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has constituted five-member review committee to probe the Indian shooters’ Rio Games debacle. The committee will be headed by India’s first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra. The NRAI said the mandate of the committee is to “examine and identify in a cold and ruthless manner the causes behind shooting not securing any medals at the Rio Olympics”.

Other members of the committee include former tennis player Manisha Malhotra, who has also been appointed Convener of the committee, NRAI Secretary Rajiv Bhatia and two journalists. The committee will submit the report within a maximum period of four weeks.

Abhinav Bindra is the first and only Indian to have held both the World and Olympic titles at the same time, a feat he accomplished by capturing the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games (10 m Air Rifle event) in Beijing, after having won the gold at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships. Abhinav won Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Abhinav has been accorded with following awards - Arjuna award [2000], Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna [2001] and Padma Bhushan [2009].

The committee will examine and identify causes behind shooting not securing any medals at the Rio Olympics. It will recommend concrete steps that NRAI must immediately undertake to ensure that this is not repeated in future Olympics.  NRAI was founded in 1951 with a view to promote and popularize the shooting sports in India; it was headed by the first speaker of the Indian Lok sabha, GV Mavlankar, as its founding father.  Presently, NRAI conducts five national level competitions annually with a view to promote and popularize the sports of shooting in India. 

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