PM Narendra Modi meets Rio Paralympians, says they have made country proud

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met the Indian athletes who took part in the Rio Paralympic Games, including the four medallists, and applauded them for making the country proud with their achievements.

PTI September 22, 2016 22:25:46 IST
PM Narendra Modi meets Rio Paralympians, says they have made country proud

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met the Indian athletes who took part in the Rio Paralympic Games, including the four medallists, and applauded them for making the country proud with their achievements.

The 19-member Indian contingent had returned home from the Rio Paralympics with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Mariyappan Thangavelu (men’s T42 high jump) and Devendra Jhajharia (men’s F46 javelin throw) had won gold in their respective events, with the latter setting a new world record in the process. Deepa Malik (women’s F53 shot put) and Varun Singh Bhati (men’s T42 high jump) had bagged a silver and bronze respectively.

PM Narendra Modi meets Rio Paralympians says they have made country proud

PM Modi congratulating Devendra Jhajharia. Twitter

“It was a delight to meet the Indian contingent that made our nation proud at the #Paralympics#Rio2016,” PM Modi wrote on his official twitter handle.

“With the medal winners. Kudos to their efforts & accomplishments,” the PM wrote, along with a picture with the four medallists.

PM Modi had separate tweets for 18 para athletes with a photo with each of them.

“With the champion, @DevJhajharia. We can learn a lot from his life & determination,” he said about Jhajharia who has now become the most successful Indian Paralympian with two gold (the other at 2004 Athens Paralympics).

“Mariyappan Thangavelu has captured India’s imagination. Delighted to meet him,” he wrote, “Varun Singh Bhati is a superb athlete. Was great to learn about his experiences at the #Paralympics,” said another tweet.

About Deepa Malik who became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. PM Modi wrote, “Happy to meet you @DeepaAthlete. The entire nation salutes you for your achievements.”

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