India’s greatest Olympian Abhinav Bindra on Wednesday said that he had encountered mental health issues right after winning the gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Bindra won the 10m air rifle event at Beijing to become the only Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, but just after that moment of celebration, he felt a “void”. He also said he wanted to quit shooting after 2008 gold winning feat.

Asked whether he faced mental health issues, Bindra said: “I had a long career in sport, had many ups and downs. It’s ironic my biggest mental crisis in life came when I actually succeeded. A lot of people talked about dealing with failure, but for me, dealing with success was probably the hardest time in my life.”

Explaining further, the 38-year-old celebrated shooter said, “Up until Beijing where I had my greatest victory, I had trained for 16 years of life with a singular…

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