Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday thanked PM Narendra Modi for his active support to Indian sports and athletes. The 23-year-old said it was a great honour to meet PM Modi at his residence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hosted the Olympic-returned Indian athletes for breakfast at his residence.
“It was a great honour to meet Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence,” Neeraj Chopra wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you for your active support to Indian sports and athletes,” he added.
Indian athletes returned from Tokyo with a haul of seven medals, including javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold in track and field. It was the country’s best ever show at the Olympics.
Apart from Chopra’s gold, India won two silver medals and four bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics. The silver medals came from weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya. The bronze medals were won by shuttler PV Sindhu, the men’s hockey team, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and wrestler Bajrang Punia.
PM Modi, who had applauded the Indian athletes’ tremendous show during the 75th Independence Day celebration at the Red Fort on Sunday, was seen relishing ‘Churma,’ with Neeraj Chopra.
Chopra, the son of a farmer, won the javelin title with a personal-best throw of 87.58 meters. His gold was India’s seventh medal in Tokyo, its best-ever Olympic showing and surpassing the six it won in London in 2012.
Chopra is the second Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics after sport shooter Abhinav Bindra won gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.