NEW DELHI: In a quest to inspire India to run, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon today announced India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra as the event ambassador for the 16th edition scheduled for 29th November in New Delhi. Bindra, who has been conferred with the Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Bhushan made history when he won the gold in the 10 m air rifle event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The former shooter has not just achieved sporting excellence, but took his craft to such sublime levels that transcended all boundaries of his sport. An Entrepreneur and a philanthropist now, Abhinav has always emphasized, success is not about one-day, it is the effort made every day and the journey that counts. This sentiment echoes with amateur runners as well, who strive throughout the year in preparation for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
Bindra, is excited to be associated with the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020, which over the years has championed the running movement and created a paradigm shift in the health & fitness quotient of the capital. “Today, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon has motivated individuals, young and old, to adopt a healthy lifestyle, run for a cause and empower women to put their best foot forward. The spirit of the event energizes runners; instills faith. It has become a source of inspiration to conquer limitations and push limits. In spite of the challenges this year, the amateurs have the opportunity to participate from different parts of India but finish together in spirit through the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App,” said Abhinav Bindra.
He further added, “To salute the spirit of each participant, you have a chance to cherish the personalised limited edition Unity Medal, inspired by the Ashoka Chakra.”
Apart from the Olympic medal, the former shooter, who was the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, bagged seven Commonwealth Games medals, three Asian Games medals and one World Championships medal during the course of his career.
After an illustrious career, Bindra retired from shooting post the Rio Olympics in 2016. However, the 38-year-old isn’t done with sports just yet. Through the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, the now-entrepreneur looks to bring Global Best Practice to the Indian Sporting Landscape, and also encourages physical excellence with data-driven physiotherapy through ABTP.
On bringing Abhinav Bindra as the event ambassador, Anil Singh, MD, Procam International said: “Every year, we have the honour of having legendary athletes as the Event Ambassador. Abhinav Bindra is one of the greatest Olympians India has ever produced. His performance, dedication, commitment to sport, even today, resonates with the very fabric of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. We are elated to have him on board for ADHM 2020, and his association will certainly inspire our participants to run with ADHM, during these challenging times.”