India’s Olympic medal-winners were accorded a grand welcome by the government in a felicitation ceremony held in New Delhi last evening. Several athletes from the Indian contingent returned home from the Tokyo Olympics yesterday. They were received by family members and supporters at the IGI Airport in New Delhi.
At the felicitation ceremony, Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, Silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Bronze Medalists Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain and Men’s Hockey team were felicitated by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thakur said, this time biggest ever Indian contingent was sent to Tokyo and they got highest ever medals in the olympics. He said, after 121 years, India got medal in track and field and that too Gold. The Minister said, after 41 years, India got medal in Hockey and Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the first time and fought very well in the semi-finals. He also mentioned about Golfer Aditi Ashok, Fencer C. A. Bhavani Devi, Sailor Nethra Kumanan who did very well in the Olympics. Mr Thakur said, the dedication, discipline and determination of players have brought wonderful results. He said, when Prime Minister of the country encourages the sportspersons, there is no looking back.
Mr Thakur expressed confidence that the record of this Olympics will be broken in 2024 Paris Olympics and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju praised the performances of all the athletes and reiterated that India will be a force to reckon with by the 2028 Olympics. He said, this is a historic event with India registering its best ever performance in the Olympics. The Minister said, this is just the beginning because India’s resurgence in sport is visible now.
On the occasion, Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik expressed gratitude to medal winners, participants and their coaches for a outstanding performance at the Tokyo Olympics. He said, it is an historic and memorable event which will be a great source of inspiration for the coming generation to take up competitive sports and do India proud.