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Abhinav Bindra – How Sports Teach Us To Face Our Fears | Bookosmia

Abhinav Bindra bagged India’s first individual gold medal at the Olympics. What has his journey been like? 12 year old R S Anandita, a Bookosmian journalist from Chennai attended an enriching talk from him and reports about it.

Abhinav Bindra’s talk - How sport teaches us to face our fears

Olympism as a word is such a potent practice. It is played less for pleasure and more for imbibing values. We hardly realize how much playing a sport can have a tremendous influence on us.

Mr. Abhinav A Bindra, the man who changed Indian Olympic History, by winning the first-ever gold medal for India, magnanimously shares the values he obtained and assimilated in his life.

“When I look back at my career, I can see what it made me as a person. The values that I imbibed by playing sports continue to be with me and will be with me for the rest of my life. I was able to build values like excellence, friendship, respect, honesty, integrity, and I was taught how to win and lose by sports. It helped me to build a lot of relationships with my parents, coaches even with my competitors.”

Abhinav Bindra’s talk - How sport teaches us to face our fears

Earlier, I never gave much importance to sports and physical activities. I tried my best to stay away from them.  I never knew how much it had an impact on me until I heard about this webinar. It was an eye-opener!

Olympism indeed stimulates lots of values inside a human being. I think that the indispensable value is facing a failure. We all face failure in life, in some way or the other. Failure breaks us, or so we think! Failure is the stepping stone to success. Sports help us to build a lot of new relationships and meet new people as well. We never know how much important socializing is. Building relationships is a must. I find that being extroverted is not so bad at all!

Abhinav Bindra’s talk - How sport teaches us to face our fears

When I play a sport, I feel complete. My mind, body, and spirit become fulfilled at the end of the day. It boosts my self-esteem to the core. I find that I perform well in the academic field.

During exam season, we lack physical exercise, but I found that getting half an hour of exercise, boosts my grades. In today’s rushed world, we, busy bees, almost forget to take care of our physical health, in which sports play a vital role.

We practice various religions but do we practice something that helps us- Olympism? It’s time we think about this.

Abhinav Bindra’s talk - How sport teaches us to face our fears

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