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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modic has said the performance of the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Paralympic Games will significantly boost the morale of the entire sports community in the country, adding that their performance keeps him motivated.

I’m getting motivation from all of you, Prime Minister Modi told the entire contingent when he received them at his residence in Delhi on Thursday.

In a video released on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official Twitter account, the Prime Minister can be seen interacting with the entire contingent and praising each of them for overcoming adversity.

Your achievement will greatly boost the morale of the entire sports community in the country and novice athletes will feel encouraged to come forward to play sports. This achievement has sparked awareness about sports that is growing by leaps and bounds in the country, Modi said.

He praised the spirit and willpower of the 54-strong contingent and said the achievement is commendable given the opportunities the para-athletes have overcome in their lives.

A true athlete does not get bogged down in defeat or victory, but continues to progress. You are all ambassadors of the country and you have increased the prestige of the nation on the world stage through your remarkable achievements, Prime Minister Modi said.

The para-athletes thanked the Prime Minister for the invitation and said they are honored to sit at the table with him and called it a great achievement for them.

They especially thanked the Prime Minister for the constant guidance, motivation and support during their efforts and said the athletes of other countries were amazed to hear that their Indian compatriots were receiving congratulations from their Prime Minister.

Several players also donated the sports equipment to the Prime Minister, with which they won medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, with their signature on it. Modi said the sports equipment would be auctioned, which was welcomed by the athletes.

A stole, signed by all medal winners, was also donated to the Prime Minister.

India took 19 medals in the event where 54 para-athletes from 9 sport disciplines represented the country at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. This was India’s largest ever contingent for the Paralympic Games. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both represented by India.

Since it first appeared at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won a total of 12 medals until the 2016 Rio edition.

Medalists at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Gold medalists: Avani Lekhara in Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1; Pramod Bhagat in Men’s Singles SL3 Badminton; Krishna Nagar in men’s singles SH6 badminton; Sumit Antil in men’s javelin throw F64; Manish Narwhal in mixed 50m pistol SH1.

Silver medalists: Bhavinaben Patel in women’s singles class 4 table tennis; Singhraj Adhana in mixed 50m pistol SH1; Yogesh Kathuniya in men’s discus F56; Nishad Kumar in Men’s High Jump T47; Mariyappan Thangavelu in Men’s High Jump T63; Praveen Kumar in Men’s High Jump T64; Devendra Jhajharia in Mens Javelin F46; Suhas Yathiraj in men’s single badminton SL4.

Bronze medalists: Avani Lekhara in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions SH1; Harvinder Singh in men’s individual recurve archery; Sharad Kumar in Men’s High Jump T63; Sundar Singh Gurjar in men’s javelin throw F46; Manoj Sarkar in Men’s Singles Badminton SL3; Singhraj Adhana in Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1.

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