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PM Modi lauds India's Olympic success in I-Day speech

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Last updated on: August 15, 2021 12:28 IST
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IMAGE: Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra during India's 75th Independence Day function the Red Fort, in New Delhi, Sunday, August 15, 2021. Photograph: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded India's athletes for their spectacular showing at the Tokyo Olympics, saying their tremendous show has inspired the youth of the country.

 

The Indian contingent produced its best ever result at the Tokyo Games, winning seven medals -- including a historic gold in track and field through javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.

The Tokyo Olympics participants, including medallists like Chopra, PV Sindhu and Mirabai Chanu, were present during the 75th Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi.         

"The young generation made India proud at the Olympics. Those athletes are present here today," PM Modi said and then requested everyone assembled at the function and people across the country to applaud the achievers of the Tokyo Games.

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Indian athletes, who were part of the Tokyo Olympics. Photograph: PTI

He himself began applauding the athletes and the gathering joined him.

"We can be proud of the fact they have not only won our hearts but inspired the youth of this country."

The India men's hockey team won a bronze after 41 years while the women's side reached the semi-finals, exceeding expectations.

Star shuttler P V Sindhu claimed a bronze this time to add to the silver she won in 2016 Rio Games and become only the second Indian and first woman to win two Olympic medals.     

Ravi Dahiya won a silver and Bajrang Punia a bronze as wrestlers matched the show of 2012 London Games, where Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt had won a silver and bronze medal respectively.

With a bronze medal, boxer Lovlina Borgohain ensured that the boxing contingent did not return empty-handed from Tokyo Olympics after favourites Mary Kom and Amit Panghal suffered shock early exits.

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu gave India a fine start by winning the silver medal on the opening day of the competition.

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