Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated sports persons who won medals in the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, saying they have made the country proud.
“The performance of our athletes in the 2014 Commonwealth Games has made us proud. Congratulations to the medal winners”, he said in a statement.
216 members well-built team of Indian athletes bagged 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze for a total haul of 64 medals to finish fifth at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
As usual, India got most medals from shooting as the shooters collected 17 medals (4, 9, and 4). The wrestlers though had the maximum gold with 13 overall medals (5, 6, and 2).
Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Amit Kumar, Babita Kumari, Vinesh Phogat bought glory to the country by clinching gold medal in the wrestling.
In shooting, former Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra clinched his first individual gold in the 10m Air Rifle at the CWG. Jitu Rai, Rahi Sarnobat, Apurvi Chandela also bought laurels by clinching three gold medals in the sport.
In hockey, India won their second consecutive silver in the Games after being defeated by Olympic Champion Australia by 4-0 in the final.
In Badminton, India has won four medals (1, 1, 2). Parupalli Kashyap clinched gold to become the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win the singles title in Commonwealth Games after Syed Modi in 1982.
However, Indian Women Shuttlers was not able to play as it was expected. Rising star P.V. Sindhu lost in the semi-finals and finished with a bronze. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa failed to defend their gold medal which they won in the women’s doubles event in the 2010 Delhi Games as they lost in the final.
The biggest surprise for India in CWG was the gold won by Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa in women’s doubles squash and winning of gold by Vikas Gowda in discuss throw.
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa made history by winning India’s first ever gold medal in CWG squash and Vikas became India’s second male athlete to win a gold at the Commonwealth Games after the legendary Milkha Singh won the 440 yard gold way back in 1958 at Cardiff.
In weightlifting, the game of power and technique, India manage to win three golds. Satish Sivalingam, Sukhen Dey, K Sanjita Chanu won gold for India.
While the Indian athletes raised the country’s head with pride on the global platform, in a major humiliation for India, two senior officials of the Indian delegation for the Commonwealth Games were arrested.