Modi hosts India’s Paralympics heroes at his residence; Thakur upbeat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted India's Tokyo Paralympics contingent to felicitate them at his residence in New Delhi. Indian para-athletes had returned from Tokyo returned with 19 medals from Paralympics 2020, including five gold, eight silver and six bronze.
This was the country's best-ever Paralympics campaign as it finished 24th in the overall tally as before it, India had won 12 medals (4 medals of each colour) in all previous Paralympics appearances combined.
India's Paralympians presented PM Modi with a white stoll signed by all the medal winners, which he was seen wearing around his neck. Several players also gifted him their signed sporting equipment, with which they won their medals.
In the images shared by the Prime Minister's office, PM Narendra Modi was seen giving a pat on the back of Suhas Yathiraj, who won a silver medal in the Men's singles badminton SL4 category at Paralympics 2020. PM Modi also interacted with Krishna Nagar who won the gold medal in Men's singles SH6 badminton.
In another picture, he was also seen listening to Palak Kohli, the para-shuttler star from Jalandhar. She recently made history by becoming the youngest para-badminton player in the world to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics 2021.
Earlier, PM Modi had also hosted athletes who returned from Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Terming it as a new era of paralympic sports, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has thanked the Modi government for the support and informed how PM Modi has always had a “vision” for inclusive participation in sports.
"New Era of Paralympic Sports has begun! Modi govt will continue to support and enhance facilities for our athletes in a targeted manner to achieve 'Podium Finish' in 2024 & 2028 Performance of athletes has been extraordinary; it's changed attitude towards sports in India!" Thakur tweeted.
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