India unites to celebrate Tokyo 2020 Champions: Neeraj Chopra’s gold steals the show at felicitation ceremony

India’s Tokyo Olympics medal winners acquired a grand welcome by the authorities in a blinding felicitation ceremony held at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi on Monday with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur saying that their journey is an “incredible story of resilience and sporting excellence”.

Gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was the cynosure of all eyes in the delayed ceremony, held a few hours after the seven podium finishers made their means out of the airport amid utter chaos.

Thousands of followers waited outdoors the airport to welcome wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and the males’s hockey crew, who arrived from Tokyo earlier in the day.

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Neeraj Chopra, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia, Manpreet Singh and Ravi Kumar Dahiya took the stage whereas the hockey groups sat in the entrance row throughout the ceremony.

At the felicitation ceremony, they have been offered mementos and shawls by the minister. Both the bronze-winning males’s hockey crew and fourth-place ending ladies’s crew minimize muffins after arriving at the lodge.

WHO SAID WHAT AT FELICITATION CEREMONY

NEERAJ CHOPRA

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“Thank you all for the support. This gold medal is not just but for the entire nation. I have been roaming around with this in my pocket since then. I haven’t been able to eat or sleep properly since then but everything feels fine when I look at it.

“Competition was actually robust, however it is best to by no means get scared by trying at your opponents. Just give your 100% and do not be afraid of anyone. When I threw the javelin for the 2nd time, I believed it might be my finest try. My again and shoulders have been paining after the occasion the subsequent morning,” Neeraj Chopra, who was the final athlete to be felicitated, says to a loud applause from everybody present at the Ashoka Hotel.

RAVI KUMAR DAHIYA

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“We began from our village after which we got here to Delhi. When I noticed how Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt bought medals in wrestling, I bought impressed by that and wished to do the similar for my nation,” says Ravi Kumar Dahiya, who won the silver in wrestling to match Sushil’s 2012 feat.

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“We are all like a household, after we come again with the medals it’s for the complete nation. I would love to name Savita Punia the Great Wall of India as a result of she deserved the identify for the saves she made. Unfortunately, they may not win the medal however made the complete nation proud,” says Sreejesh.

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MANPREET SINGH

“I would love to thank the SAI, IOA as a result of they helped us throughout our troublesome instances. They informed us solely to give attention to the match and guaranteed us of all the pieces we would have liked for the Games. I would love to additionally thank each medal winner, particularly Neeraj Chopra,” said Manpreet Singh.

“We had a combination of youth and expertise in our crew they usually confirmed that at Tokyo 2020,” says India hockey coach.

LOVLINA BORGOHAIN

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“I really feel actually good after coming again dwelling. We knew folks again dwelling can be celebrating. We will maintain attempting and look to get extra medals for India in the future.

“The last few days before my bout, I was only thinking about getting the gold for India. I only wanted the gold and that is what I will be trying to win in the Paris Olympics,” says Lovlina Borgohain, who gained India’s solely boxing medal at Tokyo 2020 in her maiden Olympic look.

BAJRANG PUNIA

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“Thank you all for the love and respect we have got. It feels like I have won a medal again today. About the injury, it was my last bout so I wanted to give it my all, I didn’t care about the knee injury.

“Even if my knee had damaged it would not have mattered to me I simply wished to give my finest and get the medal,” says Bajrang Punia, who won the bronze in wrestling for Team India.

ANURAG THAKUR

“This night is for the Olympians who’ve made India proud. I would love you all to cheer for them. On behalf of 130 crore Indians, I would love to congratulate our Olympians. We are so happy with you.

“Tokyo Olympics had many firsts for India. The biggest contingent of 128 athletes went there, we won 7 medals. Neeraj Chopra ended our 121-year wait for an athletics medal. Our national anthem was playing in Tokyo but Indians were celebrating here,” Anurag Thakur mentioned.

KIREN RIJIJU

“There is nothing bigger than the Olympics. From the entire nation, I would like to thank all our athletes and medal winners. These are the moments where you cannot express in words, you can only experience it.

“From the Prime Minister to each child in the nation, the complete nation was cheering for India. The complete nation was behind our Olympians. Thank you for uniting the nation, we’re all happy with what you all have achieved.

“We had a lot of other things prepared for you all before the Games, from food to every thing you needed we had ready but Covid put all our plans down the drain,” says former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

“The athletes who have made the country proud at the Olympics, I feel honoured to be here among all these people. There is no bigger honour for a sportsperson than to see the Indian flag flying high at the Olympics. I am feeling so happy to see these athletes realise their dreams,” says Nisith Pramanik, MoS Home Affairs.

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