Tokyo to Paris Olympics – Abhinav Bindra: India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra on Thursday said the road to the 2024 Paris Games will be difficult and “tricky” given the shorter three-year cycle.
He said, “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.”
Earlier, the Tokyo Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic by a year and the Olympics cycle was reduced to three years, from the usual four, going into the 2024 Paris Games.
The athletes will now be left with a challenge of having less qualification events and quotas.
Tokyo to Paris Olympics – Abhinav Bindra: The shooting ace also lauded the country’s performance at the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics.
“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,” Bindra said.
In Tokyo, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra handed the country only its second Olympics gold in individual events.