Success Of Team India Is A Reflection Of How New India Aspires To Dominate The World: Anurag Thakur
Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur felicitated the seven medalists, namely Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain and the men’s national Hockey team, at a gala felicitation program at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi today. Among those present on the occasion to felicitate them also included Union Minister of Law and Justice Shri Kiren Rijiju; Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Nisith Pramanik and Secretary-Sports Shri Ravi Mittal,
New Delhi: It’s been an evening like no other in the national capital as our Olympic stars descended after their valiant heroics in Tokyo. Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur felicitated the seven medalists, namely Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain and the men’s national Hockey team, at a gala felicitation program at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi today. Among those present on the occasion to felicitate them also included Union Minister of Law and Justice Shri Kiren Rijiju; Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Nisith Pramanik and Secretary-Sports Shri Ravi Mittal.
Gold medalist Neeraj, silver medalist Ravi, bronze medalists Bajrang, Lovlina and Manpreet returned to India after a long flight today after gracing the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020 last night. They were joined by the other medalists Mirabai and Sindhu during the grand felicitation.
Sports Minister, Shri Anurag Thakur said, “Tokyo 2020 was an Olympic Games of many firsts for India. The success of Team India at the Olympics is a reflection of how New India desires and aspires to dominate the world…even in sports. The Olympic Games showed us that with self-discipline and dedication we can be champions. Team India excelled and inspired while Indians cheered and celebrated all around. Truly sports is a great unifier as our athletes come from villages and cities, north to south, from east to west. Their journey is an incredible story of resilience and sporting excellence.”
The Sports Minister further said that there were many firsts, a 128-member Indian contingent, 7 Olympic Medals, our first Olympic gold medal in an Athletics event, two successive medals in consecutive Olympic Games by PV Sindhu, a medal(bronze) won by the Indian men's team in hockey after a gap of 41 years and a historic entry to the semi-finals by the Women’s hockey team. We also had the first female sailor from India to qualify for the Olympics - Nethra Kumanan, first Indian fencer from India to make it to the Olympics - Bhavani Devi, the best place achieved by an Indian in Equestrian eventing - Fouaad Mirza, the best-ever finish for Indian Rowers, the highest-placed finish by an Indian in golf by Aditi and a national record was set in the steeplechase by Avinash Sable. And let me add, the foundations of sports in India are firm; under Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi’s leadership various schemes such as TOPs and Khelo India have shown results ensuring podium finish. We will continue to support our sportspersons and we endeavour to make India a sporting powerhouse, the Minister affirmed.
Shri Kiren Rijiju praised the performances of all the athletes and reiterated that India will be a force to reckon with by the 2028 Olympics. “I am thrilled beyond words to share this space with our champion athletes today. This is a historic event with India registering its best-ever performance in the Olympics. We have much to be proud of, we have a hockey medal after 41 years and a first-ever gold in athletics. And it's not just our medal winners, each athlete has put their best in Tokyo and I congratulate all of them. This is just the beginning because India's resurgence in sport is visible now and I am confident that by 2028 Olympics India will be a force to reckon with,” Shri Rijiju mentioned.
Shri Nisith Pramanik lauded the performance of the Indian athletes in the Tokyo Olympics and said, you have made India proud. Congratulating all the medal winners, Shi Pramanik added that the Indian contingent has won 7 medals in the Tokyo Olympics, the highest so far in any Olympics. It is a historic and memorable event that will be a great source of inspiration for the coming generation to take up competitive sports and do India proud.