- The Indian Paralympics contingent returned with 19 medals this time, the highest ever
New Delhi: Days after their return from Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted the Indian Paralympics contingent on Thursday morning. Earlier, he had held a similar programme for the Olympics contingent as well.
This year, the Indian Paralympics contingent had 54 members, the highest ever. Their performance at the Games was stupendous, with the country claiming 19 medals, including 5 gold.
Modi congratulated the players on their achievements and lauded their efforts.
While applauding their performance, sports minister Anurag Thakur had pointed out that the number of medals won this time was equal to the strength of the entire contingent in Rio in 2016.
“New Era of Paralympic Sports has begun! Modi govt will continue to support and enhance facilities for our athletes in a targeted manner to achieve ‘Podium Finish’ in 2024 & 2028 Performance of athletes has been extraordinary; it’s changed attitude towards sports in India!” he had tweeted.
He felicitated the medallists on Wednesday at an event also attended by law minister Kiren Rijiju, MoS Nisith Pramanik and others.
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