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9 takeaways from PM Narendra Modi's interaction with Tokyo Olympics athletes

The Indian athletes came up with their best performance at the Tokyo Olympics, bagging seven medals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all-praise as he interacted with the entire contingent.

Analysing the takeaways from PM Narendra Modi's interaction with Tokyo Olympics athletes-ayh
New Delhi, First Published Aug 18, 2021, 12:04 PM IST

Although initially shaky, the Indian athletes managed to finish the Tokyo Olympics on a high, seizing seven medals and thus scripting their best-ever performance at the Games. While every medal was memorable for India, the weightlifting, hockey and javelin throw medal was the most-talked-about.

Meanwhile, upon the athletes' return to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did his part by talking to them and inspiring them by talking about their performance. The athletes enjoyed their interaction with the PM. Let's take a look at some of the takeaways from the event:

  • The love and respect for the sports along with the athletes has gained significant recognition, while their accomplishments are highly applauded.
  • Sports can lift the nation's spirit. As a result, the OTF was introduced in 2016 to improve the sporting system in the country significantly. And, the influence was evident this term.
  • The importance of psychological impact is highly essential, as it does impact elite-level athletes. Regardless of whether they get medals or not, it is imperative to let them know how outstanding they were, something that administrators and media miss out often and glorify them only on their success.
  • PM Modi ably dealt with female wrestler Vinesh Phogat, despite the federation politics she is currently undergoing. He proved again that the young athletes need assistance when they are down the most and face monumental challenges.
  • Modi took note of the top moment of every medal-winning athlete. PR Sreejesh sitting atop the goalpost, Neeraj Chopra celebrating just after his second javelin throw, Vijay Kumar Dahiya's last-minute move that helped qualify for the final and many more. These are the moments engraved in every sporting fan's memories, and Modi inspired them through these.
  • Besides appreciating every participant's effort during the Games, Modi also lauded their attempt to qualify for the event. He inspired them by stating that while the nation is proud of their qualification and participation, winning a medal makes it prouder.
  • Modi also lightened the mood by joking with the athletes. During a moment, sprinter Duttee Chand wasn't sure if her microphone was working, and Modi said, "Don't think that the microphone won't work if you are standing next to a politician."
  • Modi also used the platform to promote sports in schools. He asked every athlete to visit 75 schools within the next two years and encourage awareness about diet and nutrition, besides playing a sport with the kids for ten minutes. It could help some kids to get inspired by them and emerge as the next potential in Indian sports.
  • Modi also ensured to get the views and opinions of the athletes on improving the country's sporting culture, besides how their training can be improved.

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