On Friday, Abhinav Bindra, India's sole individual Olympic gold medallist, disclosed that in 2014 he suffered from epilepsy, which caused tremors in his hands.
In 2014, I was diagnosed by a somewhat serious neurological medical condition, the after effects of which left my hand in complete tremors. So my hand just keeps shaking, I pursued a sport which required my hands to be stable, but my system and my condition just... it was kind of difficult.
Despite suffering from epilepsy, Bindra won a Commonwealth Games gold in 2014 before coming close to winning a medal in Rio Olympics. However, he refused to attribute his fourth place finish in the 2016 Games to his medical condition but said that he was not good enough for the third spot.
Speaking at the Indian Today Conclave 2017, Bindra said:
I ended up fourth at the Olympic Games in Rio. And I did not end up fourth because of the neurological condition. I did not end up fourth because of a tremor in my hand. The fact is I ended up fourth because I was not good enough for third (place).
After representing India in five Olympics, Bindra brought the curtains down on his illustrious career after the Rio games in August last year.
‘Forget 2020, India Should Start Working for 2024 Olympics’
He also stressed on the need to put systems in place if the country wants to start winning medals at the Olympics.
We should just forget 2020 and maybe start working for 2024 and beyond 2024, 2028. That requires the systems, that requires long term investment, that requires patience. We need to set systems in order and hopefully those systems and investments that you put in through a significant amount of time will bear fruit sometime down the road.
If sporting success is important to us and if it’s high on our priority, then we are going to do it, and we are going to it by getting best people in the world and try and set those systems up in this country. There is huge amount of talent that exists, except that (the) talent needs to be nurtured right from the grassroots and taken up to the Olympic level.