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Ahead of Tokyo Paralympics, PM Modi interacts with Indian contingent

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New Delhi: Ahead of the start of the Paralympics Games in Tokyo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with members of the Indian contingent on Tuesday via video-conferencing. He had a one-on-one conversation with the players about their journey to the Olympics and the struggles on the way.

This year will see the biggest ever Indian contingent going for Olympics. There are 54 players on the list. The Paralympics will begin on August 24 and conclude on September 5. India will begin its campaign on August 27.

PM Modi had on Monday tweeted that he would be interacting with the players.

Sports minister Anurag Thakur also participated in the video conference on Tuesday.

“Since India started participating in the Winter Paralympics, it has won 12 medals so far. This year, the 128-player contingent that went for the Olympics was the biggest so far. We won seven medals then, the maximum so far. The Paralympics contingent of 54 members is also the biggest so far,” said Thakur, adding that they would participate in nine para-games like archery, shooting, athletics and others.

While interacting with the players, PM Modi urged them to talk about their struggles and the journey to reach the Olympics. He commended them for overcoming personal struggles and continuing with their fight

He said, “A player’s identity comes from the fact that he learns from his losses and then works harder and wins.”

He inquired with the players if they received adequate support from the government.

At the end of the interaction, Modi expressed confidence that the spirit and enthusiasm of the players would establish new records in Tokyo.

 

 

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