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LIVE: PM Narendra Modi interacts with Indian athletes going to Tokyo Olympics — Updates, Blog

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the country's athletes bound for Tokyo Olympics. Follow LIVE updates.

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PM Narendra Modi  (Source: narendramodi.in)

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 2021-07-13T18:15:26+05:30

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the country's athletes bound for Tokyo Olympics virtually at 5 pm today. Over 120 athletes from India have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, making it the biggest Indian contingent ever for the quadrennial Games.

Follow our LIVE blog for minute-by-minute updates of Prime Minster's interaction with Indian players.

Live Updates

  • 13 July 2021 12:05 PM GMT

    Mary Kom

    I am regularly speaking to my children. I am instructing them how to stay safe and maintain COVID hygiene. I asked them to fight the COVID by staying indoors. 

    My inspiration is Muhammad Ali. 

  • 13 July 2021 12:00 PM GMT

    Boxer Ashish Kumar

    I was weak, but had to try hard to be a boxer. I overcame many challenges in my life.

    I fought COVID and also lost my father in this fight.

    My family however supported me and my friends motivated me to fulfil my father's dream. I will try to do it. 

    When I was in Spain, I had COVID. The facility given to me was outstanding. I got all the help and support from the federation. 

    My coach Dharmendra Singh Yadav helped me in every step of my career.

  • 13 July 2021 11:56 AM GMT

    Dutee Chand

    PM: The meaning of your name is to Shine. How you prepare for Olympics?

    Dutee: I hail from a very humble background. I just wanted a job through sports so I could help my family. I am thankful to the government for always being there with me. I have been through a lot of controversy. I overcame everything. I am going to my second Olympics. I wish to give my best.

    PM: Play fearlessly. The entire country is with you. 

  • 13 July 2021 11:52 AM GMT

    Neeraj Chopra

    PM: You are from Indian Army, how it helped to reach this point?

    Neeraj: I loved Indian Army. And luckily got the chance to be in Indian Army. The Indian govt. provided me with everything. I am thankful to them.

    PM: I knew you were injured, yet you made a national record. How did you manage?

    Neeraj: It was my dream to be in the Olympics. Was disappointed to miss World Championships and then I worked with focus on Olympics. I will try my best there.

    PM: You don't need to take pressure, just give your 100%

  • 13 July 2021 11:49 AM GMT

    Archer Praveen Yadav

    Praveen: I used to try Athletics. But I was weak. My coach suggested me to take up archery. My financial condition is not that well.

    PM: Your parents have supported you to the core. You have always pursued your goals. How did you become a champion?

    Praveen: I refused to give up in my life. I always tried harder to improve myself

    PM: I am thankful to your father. I wish you all the best. Hope you rock in Japan


  • 13 July 2021 11:45 AM GMT

    Archer Deepika Kumari

    PM: In the last Mann Ki Baat, I spoke a lot about you. The entire country is talking about you. I know you used to target mangoes on trees for archery training.

    Deepika: Mango was my favourite. I struggled a lot for my archery.

    PM: How do maintain a balance?

    Deepika: We have our hopes high. We are training a lot.

    PM: You have turned your challenges into power. Wish you all the best. 

  • 13 July 2021 11:42 AM GMT

    Dr. Narinder Batra, IOA President, speaks

    "The Indian contingent will be of 228 members. The first Indian contingent for Tokyo will depart on 17th July."


  • 13 July 2021 11:39 AM GMT

    Sports Minister Anurag Thakur making his remark

    "The Ministry of Sports has put all their efforts to help Indian athletes", says Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

  • 13 July 2021 11:37 AM GMT

    And we're LIVE!

    We have a galaxy of stars like Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, Dutee Chand, Sania Mirza, Mary Kom, Deepika Kumari among others joining PM Narendra Modi, in this LIVE interaction.



     


  • 13 July 2021 11:28 AM GMT

    PM's interaction to begin shortly

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with Tokyo-bound athletes to begin shortly.



     


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