India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said that several Indian athletes participating in this year’s Tokyo Olympics can be counted as a realistic prospect, paving the way for a best-ever medal haul.
India’s best showing at the Games to date remains the six medals at London 2012.
“Tokyo Olympics could end up with our best ever medal haul even though the times are challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Bindra said on Monday, at a webinar organised by Merchants’ Chambers of Commerce & Industry.
“Sport is not scripted but I do hope that we come back with our best medal haul and that means we will come back with five-six medals and better the London haul.”
Bindra, who created history by winning the country’s first individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, is optimistic about a strong performance by the Indian shooting contingent.
“I think each one of them has the ability to do their best, they have proved themselves in the last two-three years.
“There are definite medal hopes not just in shooting but across other disciplines as well. We have many people who can be considered as realistic medal hopes going into Tokyo. But a lot also depends on that particular day,” he said.