Fri. Apr 19th, 2024
Abhinav Bindra to carry the torch in Paris 2024 Olympic Games

India’s first-ever individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra takes part in the torch relay for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The legendary shooter, who clinched gold in the 10m air rifle event at Beijing 2008, expressed his excitement on social media, calling it “a great privilege and honour.”

The Olympic torch relay, an ancient tradition harking back to the original Games in Greece, will see Bindra carry the sacred flame symbolizing peace, perseverance, and the power of dreams. The Paris 2024 relay holds special significance, with the flame being lit in Olympia, Greece, on April 16th, before traveling to Athens. It then embarks on a symbolic journey across the Mediterranean aboard the historic Belem ship, landing in Marseille on May 8th.

From there, the flame will embark on a 68-day odyssey through 65 French territories, carried by 11,000 torchbearers, culminating in the French capital on August 11th, the official opening day of the Paris 2024 Games. Bindra, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission, was meticulously selected for this prestigious honor through a process that began in June 2023.

Bindra’s participation in the torch relay transcends carrying a flame. He embodies the spirit of the Olympics, having overcome immense challenges and meticulous preparation to achieve his historic gold medal. His journey resonates with aspiring athletes across India and the globe, serving as a powerful symbol of hope and determination.

The news of Bindra’s selection has been met with widespread jubilation in India. Bindra’s involvement in the Paris 2024 torch relay is not only a personal honor but also a significant moment for Indian sports history. It signifies the country’s growing presence on the global sporting stage and serves as a beacon of hope for future generations of athletes. As the torch travels through France, Bindra’s participation will undoubtedly inspire millions and contribute to the magic of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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