Tokyo Olympics were slated to be held last year but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and now will be held from July 23-August 8 this year. Over 100 athletes from India have so far qualified for the Games and the final number could be between 120 and 130.
In his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today, the Prime Minister urged the nation to come forward and support all the athletes who would be heading to the Tokyo Olympics to make the country proud. He also made a special mention of athletes Bhavani Devi (fencing) and Shivpal Singh (javelin throw), who have overcome adversities to attain qualification for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Every athlete who is going to @Tokyo2020 has worked hard. They are going there to win hearts.It must be our end… https://t.co/MKIJyQKaxY
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1624772331000
“Shivpal Singh ji, who participates in javelin throw, hails from Banaras. Shivpal ji’s entire family is associated with this sport. His father, uncle and brother are all experts at javelin throw. This family tradition is going to be useful for him in the Tokyo Olympics,” said PM Modi.
“The example of Chirag Shetty and his partner Satwik Sairaj going for the Tokyo Olympics is also inspiring. Recently, Chirag’s maternal grandfather died of Covid-19. Satwik himself also became corona positive last year. But despite these hurdles, both of them are preparing to give their best in the men’s doubles (badminton),” he added.
Taking to Twitter, javelin-thrower Shivpal said: “It was an honour to have Hon’ble Prime Minister @narendramodi sir mentioning my name and share my family’s history with the sport on #MannKiBaat today. I am preparing hard for #Tokyo2020 and will deliver my very best.”
It was an honour to have Hon’ble Prime Minister@narendramodi sir mentioning my name and share my family’s history… https://t.co/f0MUOvNQ4l
— Shivpal Singh (@shivpaljavelin) 1624780799000
Shuttler Chirag Shetty tweeted: “Really thankful to our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the kind and encouraging words in today’s Mann ki Baat. We surely will give our best at the games and make our country proud! @narendramodi.”
Really thankful to our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the kind and encouraging words in today’s M… https://t.co/cA7dXg33cT
— Chirag Shetty (@Shettychirag04) 1624778167000
Fencer Bhavani tweeted to thank Prime Minister Modi for his encouragement.
“I am thankful to Hon’ble @PMOIndia Sri @narendramodi Ji for his wishes and mentioning my efforts for Olympics games and the sacrifices done by mother Mrs. CA Ramani. I will continue to work hard for making my country proud.”
I am thankful to Hon’ble @PMOIndia Sri @narendramodi ji 🙏🏻 for his wishes and mentioning my efforts for Olympics ga… https://t.co/z4iDTTLSRc
— C A Bhavani Devi (@IamBhavaniDevi) 1624778988000
Talking about Bhavani, the Prime Minister had said: “There is another player, CA Bhavani Devi. Her name is Bhavani and she is adroit at fencing. Bhavani, who hails from Chennai, is the first Indian fencer to qualify in the Olympics. I was reading somewhere that in order for Bhavani ji’s training to continue, her mother had even mortgaged her jewellery.”
Today at Maan ki Baat Program Our PM shri @narendramodi ji encouraged & blessed all the Indian Olympic participants… https://t.co/FEpV4YKWo3
— Satwik SaiRaj Rankireddy (@satwiksairaj) 1624785350000
“Every athlete who will be going to Tokyo Olympics has had to struggle, they have worked hard for a long time. They are just not going to the Games for themselves, but they are heading to Tokyo to make the country proud,” the PM said.
“They have to win over people’s hearts and they need to make everyone in the nation feel proud. I want to urge the citizens of our country to not increase pressure on our athletes, rather you need to motivate them.”