“Throughout my final Mann ki Baat, I talked about you (Deepika Kumari) and the opposite athletes. You are actually the world primary in rankings, the world would like to learn about your journey. I do know in your childhood, you used to goal at mangoes,” mentioned PM Modi throughout the session.
“While you attain such a stage on the huge stage, expectations are clearly there from you. The nation is assured that you’ll make the nation proud on the upcoming Video games,” he added.
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Speaking to javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, PM Modi mentioned: “I’ve been advised that you just received injured, however nonetheless you created a brand new report. You needn’t get slowed down by expectations, do not take the burden of expectations, simply focus in your objective.
Replying to PM Modi, Neeraj mentioned: “I’m specializing in my sport, something I would like, the federal government helps me in that. Now we have a restricted profession, due to harm, I misplaced a while however I used to be absolutely targeted on the Olympics. Due to Covid-19, the Olympics received postponed however I stored on getting ready for the occasion.”
PM Modi additionally mentioned that sprinter Dutee Chand is all set to make everybody proud on the Olympics. “Dutee Ji, the results of your exhausting work that you’ve executed for thus a few years, is set by a number of seconds,” mentioned Modi.
The digital video conferencing session was began by Union Sports activities and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur whereby he launched PM Modi and he thanked him for taking out the time to spice up the morale of the athletes. MoS Nisith Pramanik and Regulation Minister Kiren Rijiju had been additionally current together with Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra.
Athletes reminiscent of Mary Kom (boxer), Sania Mirza (tennis), Manika Batra (desk tennis), Dutee Chand (sprinter), Deepika Kumari (archery) and Sajan Prakash (swimmer) had been all a part of the session.
“It’s an honour and privilege for each member of the contingent to get to talk to the Prime Minister earlier than they depart for the Olympics. Our athletes will compete in 85 occasions wherein they will win a medal,” mentioned Batra throughout the session.
A complete of 126 athletes throughout 18 sports activities disciplines from India will probably be heading to Tokyo. That is the biggest-ever contingent India is sending to any Olympics. The 69 cumulative occasions throughout the 18 sport disciplines that India will take part in are additionally the best ever for the nation.
There are a number of notable firsts by way of participation. For the primary time in its historical past, a fencer from India (Bhavani Devi) has certified for the Olympic Video games. Nethra Kumanan is the first-ever feminine sailor from India to qualify for the Olympics. Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj are the primary swimmers from India to qualify for an Olympic Video games by reaching the ‘A’ Qualification Commonplace in swimming.
The Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) has already confirmed that boxer Mary Kom and males’s hockey staff captain Manpreet Singh can be the flag bearers for the Indian contingent on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics within the opening ceremony.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia would be the flag bearer on the closing ceremony. The Indian contingent would depart for Tokyo on July 17. The Olympics will run from July 23 to August 8.