Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded India’s Olympics contingent, saying their performance in the recently-concluded Tokyo Games has encouraged the youth of the country to take up sports.
The Indian athletes, who were part of the Tokyo Games, were present at the Red Fort in New Delhi during the Independence Day celebration.
Modi, along with those present at the Red Fort, gave an ovation to the Indian contingent.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India’s first-ever gold medallist in track and field at the Olympics, silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu along with officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), were among those present at the Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day.
India recorded its best-ever medal haul at the recently concluded Olympics — bagging a total of seven medals, including one gold, two silver, and four bronze medals.
PM Modi in his Independence Day speech on Sunday said the country was proud of the athletes for bringing glory to the nation.
“There was a time when sports wasn’t considered a part of the mainstream. Parents used to tell children that they would spoil their life if they kept playing. Now, awareness regarding sports and fitness has come within the country. We have experienced this in the Olympics this time,” said PM Modi.
“It’s a major turning point for our country. In this decade we have to further speed up drive to bring in talent, technology, and professionalism in sports in the country.
“It’s a matter of pride that India’s daughters are giving a splendid performance, be it Boards exams or Olympics,” he added.
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