by NEWSNER , 2021-08-11 11:49:53
President Ram Nath Kovind has invited all Indian athletes who competed in the Tokyo Olympics to a 'High Tea' at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre on August 14.
The Indian contingent will thereafter attend the Red Fort Independence Day celebrations, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet and interact with the athletes.
In the Tokyo Olympics, India earned seven medals, including an unprecedented gold medal in athletics from javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.
Chopra, the farmer's son, won the javelin with a personal-best throw of 87.58 metres. His gold medal was India's seventh in Tokyo, the country's best-ever Olympic performance, surpassing the six it earned in London in 2012.
Aside from Chopra's gold medal, India also took home two silver medals and four bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu, a weightlifter, and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya won silver medals. Shuttler PV Sindhu, the men's hockey team, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, and wrestler Bajrang Punia all won bronze medals.
Chopra is the second Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics, following sport shooter Abhinav Bindra, who won gold in Beijing in 2008.
Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra was greeted with a thunderous welcome upon his return to India on Monday after winning the men's javelin event in Tokyo and securing the country's first athletics gold.
Chopra's Olympic victory was viewed as a triumph for the nation of almost 1.4 billion people in a cricket-crazed country, catapulting the 23-year-old to celebrity.
Hundreds of people gathered at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to greet Chopra, who gave the V-for-victory sign as he glanced over the crowd.
Chopra and the rest of the Indian Olympic squad were greeted with flower garlands as they exited the airport. People waved Indian flags and yelled, "Bharat mata ki jai."
Source: India Today
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