PM Modi meets Rio athletes to boost their morale

RSTV Bureau

Indian athletes who will represent the country at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. PM interacted informally with the sportsmen at the Manekshaw Center in Delhi and wished them luck for the upcoming games scheduled between August 5 and 21.

FILE | Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra takes aim during a 10m Air Rifle men qualification round in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

FILE | Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra takes aim during a 10m Air Rifle men qualification round in New Delhi.
Photo: PTI

Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra appreciated PM Modi’s gesture for meeting qualified athletes.

“For the first time ever there is a send off by the PM Narendra Modi for the Olympic Team. What a great gesture,” said Bindra on Twitter.

Indian ace shooter, Gagan Narang who met the Prime Minister on Monday lauded Prime Minister’s efforts to meet an Olympic contingent. Narang who has qualified for the fourth time in Olympics is participating on three events in Rio.

“Meeting Prime Minister before heading for Olympics itself is motivational factor from me,” said Narang.

Notable athletes who met the Prime Minister today were shooters Jitu Rai, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Heena Sidhu, shuttlers PV Sindhu, K Srikanth, boxer Shiva Thapa, long distance runners Sudha Singh and Lalita Babar among others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with Table Tennis player Manika Batra during the warm send-off  ceremony of Indian contingent for Rio Olympics, in New Delhi  Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with Table Tennis player Manika Batra during the warm send-off ceremony of Indian contingent for Rio Olympics, in New Delhi
Photo-PTI

First time in Indian sports history, with more than 100 athletes India will represent the biggest ever contingent in the Olympic Games. Indian athletes have already qualified in 13 sporting disciplines.

The previous highest was 83 that the country sent in the 2012 Olympics in London.

Sports authorities say that more athletes are likely to qualify in the coming days, and the Sports Ministry and the Indian Olympic Association are expecting more than 110 to represent the country in the Games.

Over 200 nations will be participating in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, scheduled to begin on the 5th of August.