Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet Indian Paralympic contingent today
After the Indian contingent won a total of four medals at the recently concluded 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet the athletes at his residence in New Delhi today. However, it is not clear that the PM will be meeting all the 19 athletes or just the four medal winners from Rio.
Sources close to Sportskeeda have told that the contingent has been invited at the residence of the Prime Minister in New Delhi where Modi will be meeting the athletes who delivered at the biggest stage and made the nation proud in Brazil.
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Earlier, India’s Sports Minister, Vijay Goel had requested that Prime Minister to meet India’s Paralympians who had performed exceptionally at the Games. Goel had tweeted to the Prime Minister in this regard.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for his habit of congratulating all the athletes when they do well and had done the same for the Paralympians as they were on their way to Rio. But this time around, the Prime Minister will be meeting the Paralympians in person in what would be a huge morale booster for the athletes.
Great performance in Rio by the Paralympians
India’s performance at the Rio Paralympics had been excellent as the country’s special athletes won a total of four medals. It was Mariyappan Thangavelu who had clinched the first gold medal for India as he won the Men’s High Jump T42 event in Rio. Varun Singh Bhati had also finished with the bronze medal at the same event as the duo made sure that the nation would move on from the disappointment of the Olympic Games.
Whereas, Devendra Jhajharia created Paralympics history for India as he won his second overall medal by clinching the gold in the Men’s Javelin Throw. India’s Deepa Malik also went on to create history as she became the first Indian woman Paralympian to win a medal at the Games when she bagged silver in the Women’s Shot Put F-53 event.
The performances of the athletes meant that India finished at the 43rd spot in the medal tally which is a drastic improvement from the previous editions of the Games.