Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics would be etched in the history as the ‘first moment of national awakening in sports’ in Parliament on Monday.
The Tokyo games, he said turned out to be the best Olympic moment for our nation in the last 121 years of it’s Olympic journey.
He applauded the Narendra Modi government for mobilising its best effort through manifold increase in the spending, identifying and nurturing the medal talents besides providing holistic professional and scientific support required.
Over 40% of our Tokyo contingent came from Haryana and Punjab. These two States deserve appreciation for putting in place a right eco-system of sports, he said.
“Five of the 9 medal winners in the last two Olympics were women, a matter of celebration. Particularly so, when our women have to overcome orthodoxies and prejudices that restrict them from taking to sports,” Mr. Naidu said.