On India’s 75th Independence Day, the contingent that represented India at the Olympics in Tokyo was invited for the flag-hoisting ceremony. Prime Minister Modi gave his speech traditionally from the Red Fort. Bajrang Punia, PV Sindhu, Mirabai Chanu, Neeraj Chopra, and others are present at the event in New Delhi.
It was the first time in the history of India’s Independence Day celebrations, that Olympic athletes were also invited as dignitaries.
PM Modi was full of praises for the Indian contingent. In his I-Day speech, Narendra Modi said, “Let’s applaud our Olympic champions. Not only have they made the country proud, but also inspired the future generations.”
“Sports is no longer only an ‘extracurricular’ activity but it is the mainstream,” said PM Modi.
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“Sport is an important part of life,” PM added. “There was a time when the importance of Sports was not understood. But today, people are aware of sports and fitness. We saw this during the Olympic Games too. Thus, it is a big turning point in our country,” PM said about the athletes.
PM Modi also walked amid India’s Olympic athletes who were sitting maintaining the Covid-19 protocols.
India has given its best performance ever at the Tokyo Olympics. India has won a total of seven medals including one gold, two silver, and four bronze medals in this Maha Kumbh of the Games. Neeraj Chopra won the first track and field gold medal for the country in the Javelin throw, while the Indian hockey team once again won the medal after 41 years in men’s hockey.
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