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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday felicitated athletes who won Medals at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
The athletes feted included boxer MC Mary Kom, wrestler Sushil Kumar and badminton stars Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu who won the gold and silver respectively in the women's singles at the Games.
"Accomplishments in the sporting arena inspire everyone. Their sporting feats have raised India's stature. Whenever an Indian sportsperson wins on the global sporting stage, it is the Indian flag that rises," Modi said at the event.
I will always cherish today's interaction with our talented athletes, who bring smiles on the faces of 125 crore Indians! pic.twitter.com/9Fm0qBadU1— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2018
India finished third with 66 medals (26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze).
The Prime Minister said the life of a sportsperson can span several decades. He cited the example of Mary Kom who won a Gold Medal even as an MP and the famous badminton coach Pullela Gopichand who has been successful in this sport for many years.
Modi said that besides talent, training, concentration and hard work, mental toughness was also important for sportspersons. In this context, he mentioned the benefits of yoga.
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore was present at the event.
It is a boon for our country to have a Prime Minister in @narendramodi ji who believes in the power of sports to transform our nation.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 30, 2018
I thank him again for showing belief and appreciation for our #CWG2018 stars. His words are a great motivation for every athlete. #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/YvgD4Zh6tR