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Fans welcome India's Olympic heroes

August 26, 2008 03:00 IST

After a resounding campaign at the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing [Images], the Indian contingent including the two bronze medallists boxer Vijender [Images] Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar [Images] arrived at the Indira Gandhi [Images] International Airport in New Delhi [Images] late on Monday night.
The Indian contingent, which created history by winning as many as three medals including one gold was received by the Union Sports Minister MS Gill at the airport.
Director General Sports Authority of India Shyan Chatterjee along with other important officials of SAI were
also present there.
Speaking to the media, Sushil Kumar exuded, "Although I have won bronze this time, I am confident of winning a gold
medal in the forthcoming Asian and Commonwealth Games [Images] in addition to the London [Images] Olympics [Images]."
Thousands of fans gathered at the airport to welcome the heroes waving the tricolour and chanting slogans in praise of
the Beijing Olympic heroes. A placard read 'East or west, Vijender is the best.'
Vijender's father Mahipal Singh Beniwal and uncle Ramesh Singh were initially not allowed to enter the enclosure
by the Delhi Police. However, they were allowed in after media's intervention.

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