- During the award ceremony, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur made a promise to Neeraj
- Said to Golden Boy – We could not feed you golgappa and churma here
- But when you meet PM Modi, all these things will also happen in the feast.
India’s Olympic medalists were accorded a grand welcome by the government at the felicitation ceremony on Monday, in which Sports Minister Anurag Thakur praised the athletes. He said the journey of these players has been an “unbelievable story of sporting excellence and passion”. All eyes were on Neeraj Chopra, the country’s first player to win a gold medal in athletics at a ceremony held in a five-star hotel. The Sports Minister presented him a memento and a shawl at the felicitation ceremony.
During this, the Sports Minister told 23-year-old Chopra- Neeraj, we could not feed you churma, gol gappas, nor could we eat ice cream with PV Sindhu. But when you meet PM Narendra Modi, you will get everything. Gol gappas and churmas are no longer a mystery to anyone. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited all the Indian Olympians who participated in the Tokyo Games on August 15. He will also meet everyone.
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Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Sports Nisith Pramanik, Secretary (Sports) Ravi Mittal and Director General Sports Authority of India Sandeep Pradhan were also present at the function. Thakur said, “Many such things happened for India in Tokyo 2020 which happened for the first time in Olympics. The success of ‘Team India’ in the Olympics reflects how the new India aspires and aspire to dominate the world, even in sports.
“The Olympic Games showed us that with self-discipline and dedication, we can become champions. Team India inspired by the excellent performance, while the people of India rejoiced and celebrated the success. Several things happened for the first time in India’s campaign, including the largest ever 128-man squad, seven Olympic medals, the first Olympic gold medal in an athletics event, medals by Sindhu in consecutive Games (Rio and Tokyo) and Indian men’s hockey. Including the team winning a medal (bronze) after 41 years.
With this, the women’s hockey team finished their best fourth in the Games. “We will continue to support our players and we will strive to make India a sports superpower,” Thakur said. The Sports Minister also praised golfer Aditi Ashok for finishing fourth. Thakur’s predecessor Rijiju praised the performance of all the players and reiterated that India would become a force to be reckoned with by the 2028 Olympics.
While Neeraj Chopra shone golden in the Indian campaign, lifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya won silver medals. Apart from the men’s hockey team, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Bajrang Punia bagged bronze medals.