Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:45:53 GMT | By PTI

Bindra's Beijing gold will be rallying point: Sandhu

New Delhi: Ace marksman Manavjit Singh Sandhu on Monday said that Abhinav Bindra's gold-winning feat in the 2008 Beijing Olympics would be the rallying point for Indian shooters in their quest to produce a better performance in the upcoming London Games.

Bindra's Beijing gold will be rallying point: Sandhu

Sandhu, a former trap world champion, said that Indian shooters would win more than one medal in the July 27-August 12 Olympics, as the country would be represented by the "best ever team".

"The shooting team has a mix of youngsters and experienced people. Most of us are in top form and we are well prepared. I can say this is the best Indian shooting team in Olympics and so definitely we will perform better than in Beijing," he said.

"I can't say we will win two gold medals. Abhinav won a gold in Beijing and of course that will be our rallying point.

I am sure this time it will be better than Beijing," he added.

Sandhu felt that Indian shooting had changed a lot for the better in the last eight years since he took part in the Olympics for the first time in Athens.

"Indian shooting has changed a lot. We have world beaters now and we have lots of experienced shooters. Personally, I have also changed in experience, confidence and technique since my first Olympics in 2004," said the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee.

"The government has also done so much for our support in the run up to the Olympics which for some strange reasons has not been highlighted. The Sports Ministry has supported us very well and we are lucky for that," he said.