Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite Olympic contingents as special guests on Independence day; Celebrations to be low-key

Prime Minister will meet them personally and interact with all of them, officials have said.

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India makes history at the Olympics

At the Tokyo Olympics, India is being represented by its largest contingent of over 120 athletes at Tokyo Olympics, including the highest female representation of 56 sportspersons.

On Monday, India women’s hockey team created history by reaching the semifinals at the Olympics for the first time- the team stunned Australia 1-0.

On Sunday, ace shuttler PV Sindhu beat China’s He Bing Jiao to win the women’s singles bronze medal- her second individual medal at the Olympic Games. She became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics, adding a Tokyo Games bronze to her 2016 Rio silver.

Last week, Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49 kg category to open the country’s account. The 26-year-old lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

PM’s words on the achievement

Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “Remember, they’ve achieved this feat while dealing with the biggest disaster in 100 years. There are many games for which we have qualified for the first time, and not just qualify… they’ve given a tough fight.”

Additionally, he mentions, “The confidence and passion of the Indian players are at its peak. This confidence comes when the talent is recognized when proper facilities are provided. This new confidence is becoming the identity of new India.”

Updates on the ongoing event

On Tuesday, India lost to Belgium in the men’s hockey semi-final. India is now eyeing a bronze medal against either Australia or Germany in a face-off in the second semi-final later in the day.

Mens Hockey Team Prime Minister The North-Eastern Chronicle

“Wins and losses are a part of life. Our Men’s Hockey Team at #Tokyo2020 gave their best and that is what counts. Wishing the Team the very best for the next match and their future endeavors (sic),” PM Modi tweets after the semi-final match.

Furthermore, Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, Dutee Chand, Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal, Vinesh Phogat, PV Sindhu, and several other athletes had previously interacted with the Prime Minister ahead of Tokyo 2022.


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