New Delhi: Abhinav Bindra on Friday (December 22) resigned as the chairman of the sports ministry’s Target Olympic Podium (TOP). In a letter posted on his official Twitter handle, the Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist announced his decision and said he will now focus on private projects and expanding his Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centres across India. Also Read - IOA President Narinder Batra Confident India Will Send 125 Athletes to Tokyo Olympics

“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. Also Read - 'To The Greatest Off-Screen Hero': Deepika Padukone Wishes Dad Prakash Padukone on His 65th Birthday With Adorable Childhood Pic

“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. Also Read - Throwback: How Prakash Padukone Led Badminton Revolution in India With All England Open Title in 1980

Bindra in January was appointed the 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)