23-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first athlete to win an Olympic medal for the country in the track and field event with this gold medal. This was India’s second gold medal in individual Olympic events.
PM Narendra Modi spoke to Neeraj Chopra on the phone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on the phone after winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and praised him. Chopra, 23, became the first athlete to win an Olympic medal for the country in the track and field event with this gold medal. This was India’s second gold medal in individual Olympic events. Shooter Abhinav Bindra won the country’s first individual gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Modi said on the phone to this young athlete associated with the Indian Army, ‘Neeraj, congratulations to you. You made the nation happy on the last day of our competitions in the Olympics.
Chopra replied, ‘I wanted to do well, winning a gold medal is a big deal. I got the support and best wishes of many people. The Prime Minister then jokingly referred to his hometown Panipat and said, ‘Panipat has shown the water’. He said, ‘You had to work hard for a year because the Olympics were delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. You also struggled with a shoulder injury (2019). Despite all these odds, you did amazing, it was only because of hard work. Chopra admitted that it was not an easy task for her. He said, ‘It was very difficult, sir.’
– ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2021
Modi to meet Neeraj Chopra on August 15
Modi also talked about Chopra’s confidence which was seen by all during the Olympic finals but the Prime Minister said that he had seen it before the Games. He said, ‘I saw the confidence in your face the day I spoke to you. ‘ The champion said, ‘I just wanted to give my 100 percent.’
Modi told Chopra that he had inspired the younger generation with his achievement. The Prime Minister said, ‘You have inspired the younger generation. We have done well in those games in which we are generally not good. Sports are very important for the country. This is a proud moment for your family. I will meet you on 15th August. Many congratulations.’ India ended its Olympic campaign with seven medals, which included two silver and four bronze medals apart from Neeraj’s gold.
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