Sushma Swaraj bails Abhinav Bindra out after shooter's coach loses passport in Germany

Swift intervention by the Ministry of External Affairs saved the blushes for shooting ace Abhinav Bindra on Saturday, after the Olympian gold medallist's coach lost her passport while in Germany en route to Brazil, where he is attending the ISSF World Cup, a test event for the upcoming Olympics.

The tournament, starting on Friday, assumes significance as the shooters will be competing at the same venue which will host the Olympics and will get a feel of it.

But preparations weren't going to plan after the loss of his coach's passport. Bindra tweeted out the incident, writing to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and requesting for help.

To this, Swaraj responded a few hours later, asking for Bindra's contact details.

She then directed Gurjit Singh, India's ambassador to Germany, to intervene and help out Bindra and his coach.

After the matter was brought to a safe and satisfactory conclusion, Bindra thanked the Union minister and the envoy to Germany for their timely help and assistance.

Having accepted the ace shooter's gratitude, Swaraj was quick to remind him of the upcoming Olympics and said the best way to return the favour would be by winning a gold medal in Brazil.

With PTI inputs


Updated Date: Apr 11, 2016 17:11 PM

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