The government of India honored India’s Olympic medalists in a glittering ceremony. During the ceremony, Neeraj Chopra, the gold medalist in javelin throwing, was the focus of all eyes. Anurag Thakur, India’s sports minister, described their trip as a “amazing story of resilience and sporting achievement.” India won seven Olympic medals at the Tokyo Olympics. After 41 years, India’s men’s hockey team won their first medal. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, stated that India will be a power to be reckoned with by 2028.
- The government of India honored India’s Olympic medalists in a glittering ceremony.
- During the ceremony, Neeraj Chopra, the gold medalist in javelin throwing, was the focus of all eyes.
- India won seven Olympic medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
- After 41 years, India’s men’s hockey team won their first medal.
- Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, stated that India will be a power to be reckoned with by 2028, according to a report by the Indian Institute of International Affairs (IIIA)
From Neeraj Chopra to Indian hockey, medal winners receive resounding welcome on return, felicitated by government in grand ceremony: India’s Olympic medal-winners were accorded a grand welcome by the government in a dazzling felicitation ceremony here on Monday, with sports minister Anurag Thakur describing their journey as a “incredible story of resilience and sporting excellence.”
Gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was the center of attention in the event at a five-star hotel here, conducted a few hours after the seven podium finishers made their way out of the airport amid mayhem.
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Tokyo Olympics: From Neeraj Chopra to Indian hockey, medal winners are greeted warmly upon their return and honored by the government in a magnificent ceremony. Both the bronze-winning men’s hockey team and the fourth-place ending women’s hockey team cut cakes after arriving at the hotel.
While Chopra provided the campaign with a golden sheen, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya brought home silver medals.
Aside from the men’s hockey team, bronze medalists included boxer Lovlina Borgohain, shuttler PV Sindhu, and wrestler Bajrang Punia.
“I am extremely delighted to go back home; I know India is quite happy, but to see this affection firsthand feels really nice; I would try my hardest for more such medals,” Borgohain added.
Sindhu and Chanu did not attend the event because they came earlier and are now back at their respective bases.
“I just tried to give it my all,” Punia said after fighting through his semifinals without any protective gear on his ailing knee.
Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, Secretary (Sports) Ravi Mittal, and Director-General of Sports Authority of India Sandip Pradhan were among those present to congratulate the medal winners.
“Tokyo 2020 was an Olympic Games of many firsts for India, and Team India’s triumph at the Olympics reflects how New India wishes and aims to dominate the globe, especially in sports,” Thakur added.
“The Olympic Games shown that with self-discipline and determination, we can be champions; Team India excelled and inspired as Indians shouted and rejoiced all around.” “Truly, sports is a great unifier, since our athletes come from villages and cities, north and south, east and west. “Their journey is an incredible story of resilience and sporting excellence,” he added. India’s campaign featured many firsts, including the largest ever 128-member athlete contingent, seven Olympic medals, the first Olympic gold medal in an athletics event, two consecutive medals in consecutive Games by Sindhu, and a medal (bronze) by the Indian men’s team in hockey after a 41-year gap.