India's first Olympic Games gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra stepped down as the chairman of the sports ministry's Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme on Friday.
The Indian posted a letter on Twitter, announcing his decision that he will now focus on private projects and expanding his Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centres across India.
"New years come with exciting new prospects. Will be looking to expand and run @abhinavbindratp centres across the country and make them accessible to our athletes. Will be resigning public posts of Govt Observer shooting and Chairman TOP Scheme Athlete Identification Committee with immediate effect," Bindra tweeted.
"I thank the @IndiaSports for the opportunity provided to serve. I will always remain accessible to any fellow athlete and look forward to what 2018 holds," he added.
Bindra in January was appointed chairman of a re-constituted Target TOP committee, which also includes sprint star P.T. Usha and badminton great Prakash Padukone among others.
(With IANS inputs)