As Tokyo 2020 came to an end on August 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to hail India’s best-ever show at the quadrennial event. With 7 medals, India witnessed it best medal haul in the showpiece event.
Modi, who has been keeping a track of Indian athletes’ performance throughout the event, said every Indian athlete who represented India at Tokyo was a champion.
“As #Tokyo2020 draws to a close, I would like to congratulate the Indian contingent for their stupendous performance at the games. They personified the best of skill, teamwork and dedication. Every athlete who represented India is a champion,” he tweeted.
Adding that while the country was proud of the medals won at the Olympics 2020, it was also important to keep working at the grassroots level to nurture new talent for the future.
“The medals India has won has certainly made our nation proud and elated. At the same time, this is the time to keep working to further popularize sports at the grassroots so that new talent emerges and gets the opportunity to represent India in the times to come. #Tokyo2020,” he added.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic that brought the world to a standstill. It was finally hosted in 2021, despite the world still dealing with Covid-19.
Modi also thanked the organizers in Japan for successfully hosting the Games during these challenging times.”A special thank you to the Government and people of Japan, especially Tokyo for hosting the well-organised games. To host it so successfully, in such times, gave out a strong message of resilience. It also demonstrated how sports is a great unifier. #Tokyo2020,” he wrote.
PM Modi had been motivating the Indian athletes, throughout Tokyo 2020, irrespective of the result. Recently, while he called the men’s national hockey team to laud them for winning a bronze medal in Tokyo, he also interacted with the women’s team saying the country was proud of their achievements in Tokyo. During the interactions, Indian athletes also thanked the PM for his encouraging words which motivated them to deliver even better results.
Mirabai Chanu opened India’s medal count with a silver medal in weightlifting while Neeraj Chopra brought India’s campaign to a memorable end by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a medal in athletics. Chopra won a gold medal in javelin men’s throw final with which he also became only the second Indian athlete after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold for the country.