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Shooting legend Abhinav Bindra, ex-Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla selected to key IOC commission

India's first Olympic individual gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra has just been given a new responsibility.

Shooting legend Abhinav Bindra, ex-Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla selected to key IOC commission
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New Delhi, First Published Nov 5, 2021, 10:43 PM IST
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India's first Olympic individual gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra has just been given a new responsibility. The shooting legend has been selected to the International Olympic Committee  Members' Election Commission along with former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla. The duo replace United States' Olympic ice hockey gold medallist Angela Ruggiero and Olympic high jump champion from Sweden, Stefan Holm.

Chinchilla and Bindra have been inducted into the commission, which is headed by Britain's Princess Anne. The committee has three other members besides Chinchilla and Bindra. This includes Association of National Olympic Committees chief Robin Mitchell, International Olympic Committee Vice President Zaiqing Yu and Ethiopia's Dagmawit Berhane. 

The commission has the responsibility of identifying and recommending members of the International Olympic Committee executive board before they are formally appointed by the IOC Session. One of the most important commissions of the International Olympic Committee, the Commission is also tasked with ensuring that the IOC Session has members with varying sets of skills and necessary balance in terms of gender and geography.

Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual gold in the history of the Games after winning gold in the 10m Air Rifles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Apart from this, Bindra has won gold at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He has won awards like Arjuna, Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna and Padma Bhushan. Laura Chinchilla was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014. Chinchilla last year won the WPL Trailblazer Prize, which is awarded by the Reykjavík Global Forum of Women Leaders 2020 to world leaders who break political glass ceilings and reach the highest echelon of political leadership.

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