Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with India’s Tokyo Olympics-bound contingent and listened to athletes’ inspiring tales forward of the showpiece. Modi requested the athletes to not be slowed down by expectations and provides their greatest shot on the Video games.
Archers Deepika Kumari and Pravin Jadhav, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Dutee Chand, veteran boxer MC Mary Kom, star shuttler PV Sindhu, tennis ace Sania Mirza and paddlers Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra have been among the athletes who featured within the digital interplay.
PM Modi prolonged greatest needs to them forward of the Video games in Tokyo, starting from July 23. He additionally had a phrase with the athletes’ mother and father throughout the course of the interplay.
Modi informed star archer Deepika that the nation is pinning down its hopes on her. You are world #1 now. Your journey may be very particular,” Modi mentioned. “My journey has been good from the start, I began with bamboo bow after which moved to trendy bow progressively,” Kumari mentioned in reply.
“…There are expectations, however one expects probably the most from oneself. So, I’m specializing in my observe and the best way through which I’ll carry out,” she added.
Modi additionally requested boxing icon Mary Kom to call her favorite athlete. In reply, she named boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, as her inspiration. Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh have been named India’s flag bearers on the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
Sprinter Dutee Chand mentioned, “I’ve three sisters and one brother and other people used to inform my mom why she was giving start to so many women. We had little meals to eat and my father’s revenue was additionally very low. I used to be pondering if I play nicely I can get an excellent job within the authorities sector.”
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra mentioned, “Sir, I’ve at all times been a giant fan of the Indian Military. I performed for 5-6 years earlier than I used to be requested to affix the Military and I’ve been focussing on my sport since then. The Military and the Indian authorities is offering me with each facility that I would like and I am giving it my all.”
Modi, additional, additionally spoke to the mother and father of PV Sindhu and lauded them for backing their daughter throughout her journey to success.
Modi additionally requested Sindhu about restrictions in her food regimen and the way coach Gopichand took away her cellphone and prevented her from having ice cream throughout Rio Olympics. “I’m positive you’ll obtain success this time too,” the Prime Minister informed Sindhu.
“I’m assured that you’ll make India proud by scaling new heights,” Modi additional mentioned to all of the athletes.
In the meantime, IOA President Narinder Batra additionally confirmed that the Indian Olympic contingent to be 228-strong. “The entire Indian contingent for Tokyo Olympics shall be 228. There shall be 67 male athletes and 52 feminine athletes. We’re combating for 85 medal occasions,” Batra mentioned within the digital interplay.
Earlier this month, PM Modi had reviewed preparations for facilitation of India’s contingent on the Tokyo Olympics and mentioned “the logistical particulars, their vaccination standing, the multi-disciplinary help being given.”
The primary batch of the Indian contingent will depart for Tokyo on July 17 through a constitution flight. The contingent will characteristic greater than 120 athletes on the showpiece.
With rising concern over the pandemic in Japan, the Tokyo Olympics shall be held below a state of emergency in Japan with out spectators from July 23 to August 8.