Sourav Ganguly © CricketCountry
Sourav Ganguly © CricketCountry

Abhinav Bindra, the only Olympic gold medallist in an individual event in Indian history, made a controversial comment on the ascent of Sourav Ganguly as an administrator in an interview with Bengali daily Ei Samay. Following his elimination in 10 m air rifle in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Bindra, 34, was asked by the daily whether he would want to go into sport administration. This was, after all, Bindra’s final outing in the Olympics. Bindra responded that he is not keen on getting involved in politics, which, according to him, is a prerequisite for rising through the ranks in sports administration. ALSO READ:  Sourav Ganguly: The catalyst behind India’s future success

When cited the example of Ganguly, currently Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President, Bindra responded: “Who said Ganguly is not involved in politics? I am aware that he is a political sports administrator. You should know how he rose through ranks as an administrator.” It must be mentioned here that Bindra was still irate following his elimination. When asked about his future, he initially responded that he would sell his rifles and pursue a career in vegetable farming, and even asked the journalist whether there was an opening to cover Tokyo Olympics 2020 as a correspondent.

Earlier, Bindra was the flag-bearer for India in the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. He was touted as one of the forerunners for India’s hunt for a medal. India are without a medal in Rio Olympics till date, though several members of the contingency still carry the hope of a billion.