PM Modi Greets Olympic Athletes After Concluding Independence Day Speech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted athletes from India's Tokyo Olympics contingent after his speech at the Red Fort on the occasion of the country's 75th Independence Day.
- PM Narendra Modi greeted India's Olympians after his speech at Red Fort
- PM Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of 75th Independence Day
- India's Tokyo Olympics contingent was invited to celebrations at Red Fort
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted members of the Indian contingent at Tokyo Olympics after the conclusion of his Independence Day speech at the Red Fort. Athletes from the Indian contingent who had participated in the Tokyo Games, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, India's first-ever gold medallist in track and field, and Mirabai Chanu along with officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) were among those present at the Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day. PM Modi in his Independence Day speech on Sunday applauded the Indian Olympic athletes and said the country was proud of them for bringing glory to the nation and that their feat has inspired the future generation.
I pay tribute to our #Tokyo2020 Olympians who made our nation proud. They have not only won our hearts but also inspired our young generation: PM @narendramodi— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 15, 2021
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PM Modi also said awareness regarding sports and fitness has come within the country and the results were seen during the Tokyo Olympics.
India recorded its best-ever medal haul at the recently concluded Olympics by winning a total of seven medals - one gold, two silver, and four bronze.
"There was a time when sports wasn't considered a part of the mainstream. Parents used to tell children that they would spoil their life if they kept playing. Now, awareness regarding sports and fitness has come within the country. We have experienced this in Olympics this time," said PM Modi
"It's a major turning point for our country. In this decade we've to further speed up drive to bring in talent, technology, and professionalism in sports in the country.
"It's a matter of pride that India's daughters are giving a splendid performance, be it board exams or Olympics," PM Modi added.
Around 240 Olympians, support staff, SAI and sports federation officials were also invited to grace the Gyan Path in front of the Ramparts.
On Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a ''High Tea'' for the Indian contingent of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu also graced the occasion.
The President congratulated the entire Indian contingent for their excellent efforts. He also appreciated the role played by the coaches, support staff, family members, and well-wishers who contributed to the athletes' preparations.