Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Tokyo Olympics: Greetings poured in from all quarters for star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra as he created history by winning what is only the second individual gold medal for India at the Olympics on Saturday. His is also the first track-and-field Games medal for the country.
Wishing Chopra on his stupendous win, PM Modi said the javelin thrower’s achievement will be remembered forever. Congratulating him on his gold medal, PM Modi tweeted: “History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020”
History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/2NcGgJvfMS
Prime Minister Modi also congratulated the gold-medal winning athlete over a phone call.
Just spoke to @Neeraj_chopra1 and congratulated him on winning the Gold! Appreciated his hardwork and tenacity, which have been on full display during #Tokyo2020. He personifies the best of sporting talent and sportsman spirit. Best wishes for his future endeavours.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2021
— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2021
In his congratulatory message to the javelin thrower, President Ram Nath Kovind said that his feat will inspire the youth of India.
Unprecedented win by Neeraj Chopra!Your javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. You bring home first ever track and field medal to India in your first Olympics. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated! Heartiest congratulations!
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2021
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said Neeraj Chopra has made the Armed Forces and the nation proud. “Neeraj Chopra has proven that when there is the will, there is a way. He has made the Armed Forces and the nation proud like many other Olympians who have created history in Tokyo 2020,” General Rawat avered.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur called it a historic win and added, “Let me first congratulate Neeraj Chopra for his outstanding performance. It’s a historic win and a great achievement. And highest ever tally in Olympics.”
What a moment. What a champion. ????
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 7, 2021
Haryana CM ML Khattar showered plaudits on the Panipat lad and announced several honours for him. “Neeraj Chopra will be given Rs 6 crore and a class I category job as per our policy. We will be building a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants. He will be given a plot with 50% concession, like other players,” Khattar told ANI.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi also congratulated Neeraj Chopra for winning the country’s first-ever track-and-field Olympic gold and expressed hope his victory will motivate all sportspersons to excel further. “I join the nation in congratulating the Golden Boy, Neeraj Chopra for winning the first ever Olympic Gold medal for India in track and field. Olympic Gold is the biggest achievement in the field of sports and Neeraj has made every Indian proud with his single minded devotion, grit and herculean efforts. I am certain that the Gold medal win will certainly motivate all our sportspersons to excel further,” the Congress chief said in her statement.
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan called Chopra the ‘man with the golden arm’.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 7, 2021
Neeraj Chopra became only the second after shooter Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold for India at the Olympics. With it, India’s medal tally rose to seven — surpassing country’s previous best haul of six medals achieved at the 2012 London Games.