Abhinav Bindra to lecture on Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Kolkata

Abhinav Bindra, at the inaugural Routledge Lecture of the Fanattic Sports Museum in New Town, will talk about the way forward for Olympics.

Abhinav Bindra is a member of the Prime Minister’s task force formed after Rio Olympics debacle.   -  PTI

India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will lecture on the state of high performance of sport and the way forward looking into 2020 Tokyo Olympics here on April 29.

As a member of the Prime Minister’s task force formed after Rio Olympics debacle, Bindra, who also heads the Target Olympic Podium (TOPS) Committee, is responsible for charting the way forward for Olympic sport, something he will throw insight into at the inaugural Routledge Lecture of the Fanattic Sports Museum in New Town.

“Having established the first high performance centre in Mohali, Bindra is equipped to speak about the way forward for Olympic sport,” the curator of FSM, Boria Majumdar, said.

Bindra, who has donated his gloves he wore during the gold medal winning feat in Beijing 2008, had inaugurated the museum along with Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tednulkar, Devendra Jhajharia and Deepa Malik in January earlier this year.

Earlier, the first ever KKR Gallery was unveiled at FSM in the presence of Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn and assistant coach Simon Katich.

The Gallery will exclusively showcase the sporting gears of the players that include bats, helmets and match balls.

“KKR is integral to Kolkata and it’s our endeavour to bring as many fans to celebrate the sport of cricket,” Majumdar said.

The museum prominently displays Sachin Tendulkar’s gloves which he wore while scoring his 100th century, bat, sweater and jersey, along with a host of other artifacts from various sports personalities.

The FSM is not just filled with Indian sports history.

Besides memorabilia from international cricket history, football lovers can see Lionel Messi’s autographed boots and legend Diego Maradona’s T-shirt.

Some of the other things at display are the spikes of Usain Bolt and signed personal collections of Rafal Nadal and Roger Federer.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke recently added to the museum’s collection by presenting his 2015 World Cup-winning jersey signed by his teammates.