The Indian Olympic Games contingent, recently returned from Tokyo, was hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rashtrapati Bhavan today. The high tea was hosted in the Cultural Center of the Presidential Palace in New Delhi.
The team, including stars of Tokyo 2020 such as athlete Neeraj Chopra and Badminton ace PV Sindhu, gathered for the event held on the eve of India’s 75th Independence Day.
“The whole country is proud of our Olympians for bringing glory to the nation,” President Kovind told the participants.
India this time took a historic seven medals at the Games, the best score ever. What made the achievement even more glamorous was that Mr. Chopra won the javelin throw, earning the country its first gold medal in decades.
In images shared by Rashtrapati Bhavan, the sports star was seen smiling and clapping. Likewise, Ms Sindhu, who also won the bronze in Badminton, was captured by cameras with a soft smile.
President Kovind was in contact with the contingent during the meeting. He had previously congratulated the medal winners. For example, he said on Twitter that Ms Sindhu had set “a new benchmark for consistency, dedication and excellence”.
Likewise, he had tweeted about wrestler Bajrang Punia winning a bronze medal saying, “A special moment for Indian wrestling!”
Aditi Ashok, who narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing a stunning fourth place in women’s individual stroke play, praised him by saying: “You played with immense composure and poise. Congratulations on the impressive display of guts and skills.”