NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation for the ninth time from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of independence dayurged the people to support and promote the sport and hailed India’s “outstanding” performance in the recent Commonwealth Games 2022.
“Our outstanding performances in international sporting events are an example of India’s brilliant talent. We must promote and support these talents,” Modi PM said.
Addressing the nation, the Prime Minister said: “When dreams are big, hard work is just as hard. We must be inspired by the determination of our freedom fighters who dreamed of a free India. I urge young people to dedicate the next 25 years of their lives for the development of the nation. We will work for the development of all mankind. This is India’s strength.
Ahead of his speech at Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag amid a 21-gun salute by the locally developed howitzer, ATAGS. This was followed by a shower of flower petals from helicopters. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi visited Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
Speaking of India’s contingent at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2022, India finished 4th in the medal tally by winning a total of 61 medals at CWG 2022, including 22 golds, 16 silvers and 23 bronzes. .
Achieving 61 medals this time round is of great significance as shooting, which is India’s most successful discipline historically with 135 medals, was not included in the games this time around. The numbers could have been much higher had they been included.
The Indian contingent also won medals for the first time, such as bowls and cricket. Notably, the women’s cricket team was sent as part of the contingent. India lost to Australia by a narrow margin of nine points in a thrilling final.
India dominated contact and strength sports like weightlifting, wrestling and boxing. The country’s contingent won 12 medals in wrestling, its most successful sport at the 2022 edition of the multi-sport event. India has won medals in every category in which its stars have competed. This includes six gold medals as well as by Bajrang Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Naveen.

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