Prime Minister Narendra Modi while praising and congratulating the athletes who performed brilliantly in the Tokyo Paralympics, said he was inspired to see them compete. India performed exceptionally well at the Tokyo Paralympics, winning an unprecedented 19 medals, including five gold medals, and lauding the performance, Modi said India’s star para sportspersons can give a lot to the country and appealed to them to make a difference in the field of play. Play a role to bring change outside as well.
Modi promised the sportspersons’ support and said the entire nation shares the sporting world’s dream of achieving excellence. “You can give a lot… the future is bright,” he said. I am always there to support you, your dream is our dream and I will do whatever it takes to make it come true. The Prime Minister hosted the Indian contingent participating in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics at his residence for breakfast. Modi asked gold medalist badminton player Krishna Nagar about the idea of dedicating his medal to the COVID-19 warriors.
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Modi said, ‘This thing touched my heart but what were you thinking when you did this?’ Nagar said, ‘I saw that health workers are doing their work regardless of their care, which inspired me to say so.’ Silver medalist table tennis player Bhavinaben Patel revealed that she suffered viral infection and fever during the Games. He said, ‘Because of this, my first match was not good. It was a difficult day but I thought about your words during the farewell and I was not one of the people who met you that day. So I decided that I would do anything to meet you. I thought at the same time that maybe this is my only chance.
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Modi said, ‘Never think negative, you are a giant killer.’ During the interaction, Modi congratulated the players for their record breaking performance. The Paralympics were held in Tokyo from August 24 to September 5, where India sent its largest contingent ever. 54 players from India took part in nine sports. Apart from five gold, India also won eight silver and six bronze medals. The Prime Minister said that the achievement of Para sportspersons would help in developing a sports culture in the country. He said, ‘I think there is a need to organize a workshop on coaching disabled players, a book can also be written.’
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During this, 19-year-old shooter Avani Lekhara, who won gold and bronze medals, India’s greatest Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia and shooters Singhraj Adhana and Manish Narwal, besides Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and his predecessor Kiren Rijiju were also present. Avni, the first Indian woman to win a gold and two medals at the Games, said, “As you said during the farewell, give my best and don’t take any pressure, that’s what I did during the Games.” Only by persisting in this will one get medals.
Like the players who returned after participating in the Olympics, the Prime Minister also advised the para players not to let success dominate their mind and not let defeat disturb their mind. The Para players thanked the Prime Minister for inviting him and said that he was honored to sit with him and it was a big achievement for him.
Jhajharia, who won her first gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games during this season, said her mother had to sell her jewelry to compete in the Greek capital. He thus explained the change that has come since then. India had won 12 medals since its 1968 debut till the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. India ranked 24th out of 162 countries in Tokyo. It came as a surprise to the players that the Prime Minister was also aware of the difficult situations they faced in the past.