Beijing 2008 Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said that three-year cycle that athletes will have before the 2024 Paris Olympics can be tricky because of the lack of a year in which they could have recuperated from the previous Games. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics got over on August 8 this year, having been postponed from last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This meant Tokyo 2020 is separated from Paris 2024 by just three years, as opposed to the usual four-year cycle.
Indians returned from the Tokyo Games with seven medals, their best ever haul at a single edition of the Olympics. This included a gold in men’s javelin for Neeraj Chopra, making him only India’s second individual gold medallist at the Olympics after Bindra.
“It was a historic performance with the best-ever seven medals. There were moments of great triumph and heartbreaks, but that is what sport is all about. We have a good momentum now going forward,” said Bindra at a webinar organised by ELMS Sports Foundation.
“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 air rifle shooter further said.
Bindra said that while the elite athletes of the country have been provided with scientific training methods, these also need to be implemented at grassroots level.
“We talk about top leadership 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,” said Bindra.
“Incorporating science, technology, engineering, analytics and medicine to athletes’ training and development not just at elite level but basing it right at the grassroots level is important,” he said.