NEW DELHI:It’s been an evening like no other in the national capital as our Olympic stars descended after their valiant heroics in Tokyo.
Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Thakur felicitated the seven medalists, namely Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain and the men’s national Hockey team, at a gala felicitation program at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi today. Among those present on the occasion to felicitate them also included Union Minister of Law and Justice Shri Kiren Rijiju; Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Nisith Pramanik; Secretary-Sports Shri Ravi Mittal, and Director-General, Sports Authority of India, Shri Sandip Pradhan.
Gold medalist Neeraj, silver medalist Ravi, bronze medalists Bajrang, Lovlina and Manpreet returned to India after a long flight today after gracing the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020 last night. They were joined by the other medalists Mirabai and Sindhu during the grand felicitation.
Sports Minister, Shri Anurag Thakur said, “Tokyo 2020 was an Olympic Games of many firsts for India. The success of Team India at the Olympics is a reflection of how New India desires and aspires to dominate the world…even in sports. The Olympic Games showed us that with self-discipline and dedication we can be champions. Team India excelled and inspired while Indians cheered and celebrated all around. Truly sports is a great unifier as our athletes come from villages and cities, north to south, from east