In his search for perfection and a medal, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra has pushed the boundaries further by exposing himself to a scientific procedure called 'Electromagnetic System' for enhancing the functioning of "nervous system". Cut off from the rest of the world, the Olympic champion is currently in Munich, preparing for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.
His father Apjit Bindra, who has played a role in his own way in his son's progress, says he rarely gets to speak to India's lone Olympic individual gold medal winner.""He is using Electromagnetic System," Bindra senior told PTI and when asked to elaborate, added, "It is a system where current that is induced into the body, goes directly to the nervous system. It enhances the functioning of nervous system. It is a complex procedure."
As per definition, 'Electromagnetic Systems group deals with antennas, components and circuits from microwave to terahertz. The applications range from communication systems to imaging, measurement and sensing'. As a simulation of sorts, Bindra climbed a 40-feet high 'pizza pole' ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games, which saw him conquer his "fear" and go on to win a historic gold medal.
Days before he would script history, Bindra tried to conquer fear that could "grip" him during an Olympic final, by attempting his hand at what the German special forces normally do. Known for his deadpan expression, besides shooting, the 33-year-old Bindra qualified for the Rio Games through quota place at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. He has only intensified his training ever since.
"For the last one and a half month, we have been speaking only once a week. He doesn't like to be told about articles and features being done on him here. He is only focussed on the Games. That's how he has been and he is one of India's most experienced Olympians now having competed in five Games. It's almost 20 years," Bindra's father said on the sidelines of the official send-off of the Indian Olympic contingent.
The world championship gold medallist, who will be the Indian contingent's flag bearer at the opening ceremony on the August 5, is one of the four goodwill ambassadors named by the Indian Olympic Association. In 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the sporting extravaganza