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PM Modi hosts India's Commonwealth Games contingent

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Commonwealth Games 2022 contingent, in New Delhi on August 13, 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Commonwealth Games 2022 contingent, in New Delhi on August 13, 2022. | Photo Credit: Twitter/@narendramodi

The golden period of Indian sports is knocking on the doors, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday as he hailed the gutsy show of the Indian contingent which returned with 61 medals from the Commonwealth Games.

Mr. Modi on August 13, 2022 hosted the Indian contingent at his residence to felicitate the players in New Delhi.

The Indian athletes produced a sensational show in Birmingham, claiming 61 medals, including 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze.

"The real assessment of this performance can't be made with just number of medals, our athletes competed neck-to-neck. There may have been a difference of 1s or 1cm but we will make that up I am confident of that," Modi said during his speech.

"It is just a start and we are not going just to sit quietly; the golden period of Indian sports is knocking on the doors."

"We have the responsibility of making a sporting system which is the best in the world, inclusive, diverse, and dynamic. No talent should be left out as they are all assets."

 

While India produced a dominating show in badminton, wrestling and weightlifting, the athletes also did well in athletics, judo and lawn bowl, where they won India's first-ever medal in the Games.

"Not only are we strengthening the sports that we have been strong in but have also left a mark in new sports. In hockey we trying to get our legacy back," Mr. Modi said.

"Since the last time, we have won medals in four new sports, from lawn bowls to athletics, and our performance has been spectacular. This performance will help increase youth's interest in new sports. We have to improve our performance in new sports."

The Indian team also won a silver in women's T20 cricket which was introduced for the first time at the CWG.

The Commonwealth Games 2022 contingent being hosted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 13, 2022

The Commonwealth Games 2022 contingent being hosted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 13, 2022 | Photo Credit: Twitter/@narendramodi

"Under Harmanpreet's leadership, India has produced a fantastic performance in cricket. All players have done well but no one had the antidote to Renuka's swing bowling. It is not a small feat to be the top wicket-taker among the greats."

PM Modi also noted that the achievements of the athletes coincided with the celebrations of India's 75th independence day.

The felicitation program attended most of the CWG-returned athletes, including the wrestlers, weightlifters, boxers, shuttlers, and table-tennis players.

Mr. Modi also congratulated the chess players who competed and won medals at the Olympiad which was hosted in Chennai.


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