Abhinav Bindra speaks about the importance of Sport Science in building the Athletic Framework

Abhinav Bindra

Speaking at the inaugural session of the Bharat Sports Science Conclave in New Delhi, India’s first individual Olympic Games gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra advocated greater use of sports science to enhance performance and ensure the wellness of Indian athletes. He believes that adopting sports science into the framework of every sport will help India grow into a sporting powerhouse.

The one-day conclave, aimed at supporting high-level research in high-performance and sports training, was organized by TransStadia University, the education arm of TransStadia Education and Research Foundation in association with the National Centre of Sports Science and Research (NCSSR).

Abhinav Bindra speaks at Bharat Sports Science Conclave

At the event, Abhinav Bindra said, “To ascend to the Olympic echelon as a nation, we must embed sports science into every layer of our athletic framework. It is not just the state-of-the-art facilities but the integration of the scientific mindset from the grassroots to elite levels that will catalyze India’s growth into a global sporting powerhouse.”

“Coaches as the custodians of athletic progress must embrace sports science to fine-tune their training methodologies to this digital age,” Bindra said. “The importance of starting at the grassroots level cannot be overstated. It is here we must begin to instil a culture of precision analytics and evidence-based training methods,” the 41-year-old added.

Anurag Thakur backs Abhinav Bindra’s thoughts

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur, who inaugurated the Conclave echoed Abhinav Bindra’s thoughts in hoping that the Conclave would not just be a platform for discussion but be a springboard for action.

“I am happy so many stakeholders have come together on one platform. We need to acknowledge the issues that our sportspersons face,” he said.

“Elements of sports science are used to support athletes in their training to help them understand their strengths, improve and challenge their strengths toward their goals.

“Sports science has played a crucial role in the success of most major athletes across sports disciplines. So, we are also ensuring the presence of a sports science department at our National Centers of Excellence in the country,” he said.

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