Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian medal-winners at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday and also spoke to them over phone to laud their efforts. After shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history to become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, Modi hailed her phenomenal performance.
“Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours,” he tweeted.
He also hailed the outstanding performance of silver-medallist discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya. “Delighted that he brings home the Silver medal. His exemplary success will motivate budding athletes. Congrats to him. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours,” Modi said.
As two-time gold-winning javelin throw veteran Devendra Jhajharia clinched a stupendous third Paralympic medal, a silver this time, the prime minister said, “Superb performance by @DevJhajharia! One of our most experienced athletes wins a Silver medal. Devendra has been making India continuously proud. Congratulations to him. Best of luck for his future endeavours.”
The prime minister also congratulated Sundar Singh Gurjar who won bronze in javelin throw. “India is overjoyed by the Bronze medal won by @SundarSGurjar. He has shown remarkable courage and dedication. Congratulations to him. Wishing him the very best,” he said.
In his telephonic conversations with them, Modi told Lekhara that her achievement is a matter of great pride. She expressed happiness at the support she has received from across the country, official sources said. The prime minister also noted the help and support provided by Kathuniya’s mother in ensuring his success. He observed that Devendra Jhajharia is from the land of noted Rajput king Maharana Pratap, while lauding his exploits in javelin throw. Modi also spoke to Gurjar and the athletes thanked him for wishing them.
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