Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 72 at the moment. He was born on September 17, in 1950 in Vadnagar in Gujarat. The Prime Minister has a particular reference to the athletes. Even when he has a good schedule, he makes positive he meets the athletes who come again after both profitable or collaborating in a match overseas. When the Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra got here again after profitable the gold medal, India’s 2nd solely particular person medal within the Video games, he met the prime minister and gifted him the javelin with which he gained the historic medal. That javelin was finally auctioned off and the proceeds went to ‘Namami Gange Programme’.
The PM didn’t meet solely the gold medallist however invited all of the 120 athletes who went to symbolize India at Tokyo Olympics. He did the identical with the Commonwealth Video games medallists just lately.
Zee Information English spoke with some star Indian athletes who recounted their expertise of assembly the Prime Minister. Here is what they needed to say.
Vivek Sagar Prasad, member, India males’s hockey group which clinched bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics:
“The very best factor about our PM is that he all the time tells gamers to play with a free thoughts and never take any strain. He says that get pleasure from your recreation. He all the time speaks to us over name and meets each physique after a giant occasion. He treats medallists and even those that fail to win. Chatting with him provides us lots of motivation. Comfortable birthday to Narendra Modiji.”
Boxer Nikhat Zareen, world champion and CWG 2022 gold medallist:
“My expertise with hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi sir was fairly enjoyable. I used to be very nervous at first. I used to be questioning how the assembly would go. However when it began, Sir began speaking to us like considered one of our members of the family. He made us actually comfy. He requested me about my expertise on the World championships , what number of nations there have been and the hardest opponent. He then appreciated me by saying that you’ve made the nation proud and it makes us all glad. He motivated us so much. I felt very nice. We additionally requested him for a selfie and an autograph. He agreed to meet our want. It was a beautiful interplay with him. I additionally met him after the CWG. He requested me why I solely considered giving a gold medal to my mother as a birthday reward and in addition requested me about my expertise on the video games. I’m actually humbled by his persona.”
Indian badminton has been setting new requirements of excellence through the years. Chirag Shetty is considered one of our promising badminton stars, who gained two medals on the 2018 Video games. @Shettychirag04 pic.twitter.com/agrKzJYJ7i
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2018
Honoured to reward the boxing gloves signed by all of the pugilists to our honorable Prime Minister @narendramodi sir. Thanks for this superb alternative._
An awesome day spent with my fellow athletes who’ve made the nation proud. __ pic.twitter.com/A0YtlOujUA
— Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) August 14, 2022
Shuttler Chirag Shetty, CWG 20022 gold medallist:
“Actually fantastic expertise of assembly the PM. I’ve by no means a PM, right here in India or wherever on the earth, selling sports activities like he does. After the Olympic Video games, normally the medallists are referred to as to the PM residence to satisfy the PM. However this time all 120 athletes got here and met him and he made it a degree to satisfy every considered one of us. There have been 120 athletes and 40 to 50 help workers. He spoke to every considered one of them. I believe he went approach past his stipulated time. The occasion was meant to recover from at 10 o’ clock. It acquired prolonged to 11.30. What he did that day, chatting with even non-athletes, no person would have ever achieved. It made us glad and motivated us to complete completely different stage. As a result of to talk to somebody of his calibre is just unimaginable. I’m actually glad that we now have a PM like Modiji.”