New Delhi, Jul 13 (UNI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with the Indian athletes’ contingent bound for upcoming Tokyo Olympics via video conference.
The interaction by the Prime Minister was an endeavour to motivate the athletes ahead of their participation at the games.
In an informal interaction, the Prime Minister motivated the athletes and thanked their families for their sacrifice.
Talking to Deepika Kumari (Archery), the PM congratulated her for the gold in the World Championship. He mentioned that her journey began with plucking mangoes through archery and enquired about her journey as a sportsperson.
The Prime Minister lauded Pravin Jadhav (Archery) for staying on the path despite difficult circumstances. He also interacted with his family and praised their efforts.
Talking to Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw), PM inquired about the athlete’s experience with the Indian Army and also his recovery from injury. He asked the athlete to give his best without getting bogged down by the weight of expectation.
Apart from Deepika, Pravin and Neeraj, PM Modi also interacted with Mary Kom (Boxing), PV Sindhu (Badminton), Elavenil Valarivan (Shooting), Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting), veteran player Sharath Kamal (Table Tennis), Manika Batra (Table Tennis), Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling), Sajan Prakash (Swimming) Manpreet Singh (Hockey), Saina Mirza (Tennis).
While addressing the Indian athletes, the Prime Minister regretted the fact that he could not host the athletes due to the pandemic. He remarked that the pandemic has changed their practice and even the year of the Olympics.