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    Abhinav Bindra resigns from Target Olympic Podium Scheme

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    The Sports Ministry’s flagship Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) has received a major setback with 2008 Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra resigning from the elite athletes identification committee.

    Bindra tweeted his resignation letter a short while back citing paucity of time. Bindra said he is busy preparing for the Olympics which are ten months away and he could not meaningfully contribute towards making the scheme a success.

    Through its ambitious TOPS scheme, the government provides grant to potential medal winners.

    National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, former long jumper Anju Bobby George and sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal are among the other members in the TOPS committee.

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    Started shooting in 1995 and have won over 100 medals so far. Have participated in several international shooting competitions including the ISSF World Cup in Korea in 2003, seventeen National Shooting Championships and at four National Games. Has trained under the best coaches of the world and attended special training sessions in Europe. Won "Best Rifle Shooter Award" in Northern India in 2003. First Indian to compete in the Running Target event at Hungary in 2007. Named in the "Limca Book of Records" for floating India's first website on shooting sports. Shooting expert for several organisations and news channels.