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Olympic Day: Sushil, Saina share medal-winning memory

June 23, 2020 12:47 IST
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Sushil Kumar

Photograph: Kind, courtesy Sushil Kumar/Twitter

On the occasion of International Olympic Day, Sushil Kumar and Saina Nehwal, on Tuesday, shared their medal-winning memories at the quadrangular showpiece event.

Wrestler Kumar said that his life changed with the Olympic medal in 2008, while history was created with another medal in 2012. Kumar won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics, and a silver in the 2012 event.

 

"My life changed with the Olympic medal in 2008 and history was created by the second one in 2012. Working hard to change the colour of the medal once again. Need your blessings," Kumar tweeted.

Saina Nehwal

Photograph: Kind, courtesy Saina Nehwal/Twitter

Shuttler Saina Nehwal also said that the bronze medal-winning moment in 2012 was very special.

"Very very very special moment in my career when I achieved the Olympic bronze medal in 2012 Olympics.. #London. It was always my and my parent's dream from the day I joined badminton in 1999. Hard work, belief and some sacrifices made it possible," Nehwal tweeted.

Hockey Team

Photograph: Kind, courtesy Hockey India/Twitter

India are the most decorated nation in hockey's Olympic history but the South Asians collected the last of their eight gold medals way back at the Moscow Games in 1980.

"Much more than just a sports event, today is a day for the world to make a move, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports. Hockey India wishes everyone a safe and happy International #OlympicDay!" the Hockey India tweeted.

Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 every year since 1948 to commemorate the initiation of the modern Olympic Games.

On Monday, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra urged the country's Olympic medalists and Olympians to lead the celebrations of Olympic Day on June 23, while expressing hope that India transits from a sports-watching nation to more of an active sports-participating nation.

Tokyo Olympics were slated to be held in July-August this year, but the event has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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