Target Olympic Podium Scheme will be taken forward and strengthened to extend greater support to athletes: Shri Anurag Thakur
- Shri Anurag Thakur facilitates Paralympic Games medallists Sumit Antil (Javelin Throw F64 Gold Medal), Devendra Jhajharia (Javelin Throw F46 Silver Medal), Yogesh Kathuniya (Discus Throw F56 Silver Medal) and Sharad Kumar (High Jump T63 Bronze medal)
- Minister of State for YAS Shri Nisith Pramanik also graced the event
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Thakur facilitated Paralympic Games medallists Sumit Antil (Javelin Throw F64 Gold Medal), Devendra Jhajharia (Javelin Throw F46 Silver Medal), Yogesh Kathuniya (Discus Throw F56 Silver Medal), and Sharad Kumar (High Jump T63 Bronze medal) in New Delhi today. Minister of State for YAS Shri Nisith Pramanik was also present on the occasion. Secretary, Department of Sports, M/o YAS Shri Ravi Mittal, and officials of the Ministry were also present.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Anurag Thakur said, “India is ecstatic at the brilliant performance of our Paralympians; we’ve already equaled the Paralympics medal tally vis-vis all the previous Paralympics! Paralympians are India’s pride. The outstanding performance of Indian Para-athletes has not only made the country proud but has also given the courage that every dream can be achieved. In the Tokyo Paralympics, India had sent the largest contingent so far and this team has performed the best ever and has taken the number of medals into double digits. These para-athletes are an inspiration for everyone today.
Prime Minister’s motivation helped players in giving their sporting best: Sports Minister
The way Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken interest in sports and motivated athletes has inspired our players to give their best. I once again congratulate SumitAntil, Devendra Jhajharia, Yogesh Kathuniya, and Sharad Kumar for their brilliant performance.”Sumit has not only won the gold in Javelin Throw but also created a world record. Devendra grabbed a silver medal, with a personal best throw of 64.35. This was his third medal at Paralympic Games. Yogesh Kathuniya won a silver medal in Discus Throw and Sharad Kumar won the bronze medal in the men’s high jump. They all have become role models for millions, the Minister added.
He further elaborated that the government approach in extending support to athletes for international competitions has undergone a transformational change. The government will continue to support India’s Paralympians with facilities and funding so that they may continue to excel internationally. Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) will be taken forward and further strengthened to extend greater support to athletes under the scheme, the Minister disclosed.
Shri Anurag Thakur added that there could not be a greater tribute to Major Dhyan Chand that our para-athletes won four medals on the National Sports Day. Shri Anurag Thakur further said that the extraordinary performance of India by winning the 1983cricket World Cup has changed the entire approach towards sports and boosted the confidence and morale of athletes across various sporting disciplines. On Avani’sperformance, Shri Anurag Thakur said that winning two medals in one Olympic is remarkable and the whole Nation is proud of her.
During their interaction, the para-athletes said it is unprecedented that the Prime Minister of the country has taken such personal interest in interacting with and inspiring the athletes. The athletes felt that it was due to the motivation by the Prime Minister that the confidence of the athletes was of an entirely different level this time. Due to financial support and facilities extended to them, the athletes felt that the Government has adopted and supported them which gave a tremendous boost to their morale.
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