All the players of the Tokyo Olympic medalists have returned to the country. Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Dahiya, Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain and the men’s hockey team were accorded a warm welcome at the Delhi airport. After this all these athletes were honored at the Ashoka Hotel in Delhi itself. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Sports Nishith Pramanik and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra were present in the program.
Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal in athletics, showed his medal first by coming on stage. He said – this is not mine but the medal of the whole country. From the day the medal came, I have neither been able to eat nor sleep. Whenever I see medals, I feel all is well. Since that day, I have been walking around with my medal in my pocket. Many thanks to all for the support. The Olympics was the biggest occasion of my life. I didn’t want to lose it.
Neeraj said about the throw- Before the throw, I had thought that I have to give my 100% and do not panic with anyone. I would tell all the youth that do not be afraid of anyone. It was only after the first throw that I thought it was my personal best throw (88 metres), but it was a little short (87.58 metres). On the question of hair, Neeraj said that since the age of 9-10 years I am having big hair, but in 2-3 tournaments it started bothering me. After that the hair was cut short.
Bajrang Punia said that I played the last bout of the bronze medal match without a kneecap. I thought that even if there is an injury, it does not matter, I will take rest the next day. I knew this last bout could change my life. I listened to my heart. At the same time, Lovlina said that I will try to win gold for the country in Paris Olympics 2024.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said- This evening is the evening of the players who raised India’s name in the Olympics. I congratulate all the medal winners on behalf of the 135 crore people. Neeraj Chopra, you have won not only a medal but also a heart. All you athletes are the new heroes of New India. Our players will do better in the next Olympics.
The Sports Minister said that we will leave no stone unturned for you. Everything will give you the best you can for your Olympic preparations. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world. This is a proud moment for us. On behalf of crores of Indians, I congratulate all of you players.
This time Indian players won 7 medals in Tokyo Olympics, which is the highest ever. Earlier, in the 2012 London Olympics, Indian players had won 6 medals. For the first time in the track and field event, Neeraj has won the gold medal for India.
While Mirabai Chanu won silver medal in weightlifting and Ravi Dahiya in 57 kg weight in freestyle wrestling. On the other hand, Indian men’s hockey team, Bajrang Punia in 65 kg weight of freestyle wrestling, PV Sindhu in badminton and Lovlina Borgohain in boxing won bronze medals.
Around 11,000 athletes took part in 339 events in Tokyo. India finished 48th in this Olympics with 7 medals, which is its best performance in Olympic history. A total of 340 gold medals, 338 silver and 402 bronze players won in different events. In the Tokyo Olympics 2020, America won a total of 113 medals including 39 gold, 41 silver and 33 bronze. While China won a total of 88 medals including 38 gold, 32 silver and 18 bronze.