Abhinav Bindra 1st Indian to receive Blue Cross from ISSF

India's Olympic and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been conferred the sport's highest honour for his outstanding services as the chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation's Athletes Committee.

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Retired Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra on Friday added another laurel to his name as he was awarded the Blue Cross by the The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF). The Blue Cross is the highest laurel for shooters given by the ISSF.

The 36-year-old is till now India’s only gold medal winner at an individual Olympic event and was given the highest recognition for his immense contribution to the sport of shooting.

“Extremely humbled to receive the @ISSF_Shooting’s highest honour the Blue Cross at the General Assembly in Munich today,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle.

Bindra was succeeded in the post by the legendary American shooter Kimberly Rhode.

The shooter, who created history by winning the 10m air rifle gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was a member of the ISSF Athletes Committee from 2010 to 2014 and chairman from 2014 to 2018.

During this tenure he has also been awarded with the President’s Button and the Diploma of Honour in January 2016 in appreciation for his outstanding career as an athlete and role model for shooters globally.

National Rifle Association of India president President Raninder Singh was awarded the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the general assembly.

Expressing gratitude to the global shooting fraternity, Singh said, “The sport has grown by leaps and bounds under the able leadership of Mr Rana and it will be a tough task for whoever replaces him, to match up to the lofted benchmarks set.”

Singh added, “I accept this award on behalf of the entire NRAI team, who have been tireless in their pursuit of growing the sport in India, the Government of India who have stood by us at all times and above all the shooting fraternity in the country, who are simply the very best.

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