New Delhi: PM Modi on Tuesday (August 3) proposed the sportsperson who represented India at the Tokyo Olympics to the Independence Day event at Red Fort on August 15.
Modi will also summon them to his residence for interaction, PTI said quoting official sources.
While virtually directing the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Gujarat today, PM Modi said, “This time, the maximum number of players from India have qualified in the Olympics. Remember, this has been performed while battling the biggest catastrophe of 100 years. There are many games in which we have qualified for the prime time. Not only qualified but also given a tough challenge.”
“The gusto, passion and spirit of Indian players are at the peak level. This confidence comes when the right talent is recognised and is inspired. This confidence comes when the systems change and become crystalline. This new confidence is becoming the emblem of New India,” the Prime Minister added.
India has been portrayed by a 228-strong contingent, including over 120 athletes, at the proceeding Tokyo Olympics. India has so far obtained two medals at the proceeding Olympic Games.
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu gave India its first medal at Tokyo 2020 as she won the silver medal in the women’s 49kg category. Chanu lifted a total of 202 kg (87kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk) during her four successful ventures across the competition.
Master shuttler PV Sindhu has now become the only second Indian after Sushil Kumar to win two medals at the Olympics in an individual category. She conquered China’s He Bing Jiao to achieve the rare feat in the third-place play-off match in Tokyo.
With Sindhu’s bronze, India has now balanced their tally of 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
In hockey, both men’s and women’s teams reached the semifinals. Thus, the men’s team lost to Belgium in the semis. They will now play for the bronze medal.