Tokyo Olympics: Medal winners receive ‘Grand Welcome’, felicitated by Govt; As it happened; watch videos

Tokyo Olympics: Medal winners receive ‘Grand Welcome’, felicitated by Govt; As it happened; watch videos
Tokyo Olympics: Medal winners receive ‘Grand Welcome’, felicitated by Govt; As it happened; watch videos

Tokyo Olympics: Medal winners receive ‘Grand Welcome’, felicitated by Govt; As it happened; watch videos- The Indian Contingent at the Tokyo Olympics have returned to the country withe a rousing reception. The athletes including medallists Neeraj Chopra (Gold), Bajrang Punia, Lovlina Borgohain arrived at the IGI airport, Delhi today as the officials beefed up security as they welcome home India’s winners. Fans and families rushed at the airport to welcome the athletes. The winners were garlanded and presented with bouquets on arrival and were applauded by the airport staff amid huge presence of supporters and media personnel.

India’s Olympic medal-winners were accorded a grand welcome by the government in a dazzling felicitation ceremony here on Monday with sports minister Anurag Thakur saying that their journey is an “incredible story of resilience and sporting excellence”.

“From Neeraj Chopra, Bajrang Punia, Lovlina to others, all our athletes represent a new India. They are ‘New Heroes of a ‘New India’… We will ensure that all possible (sports) facilities are arranged from our end”, Anurag Thakur said at the Felicitation ceremony.

India recorded its best-ever haul at the Olympics with seven medals (one gold, two silver, and four bronze). Neeraj (gold), Bajrang (bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men’s hockey team ( bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) won medals in the Tokyo Games.

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Tokyo Olympics felicitation ceremony

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@20:20: The felicitation ceremony comes to an end as India await Paris Games 2024

@20:27: Indian women’s hockey team led by Rani Rampal poses with Sports minister and dignitaries

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@20:14: Golden boy Neeraj Chopra receive a special memento along with chief of Indian athletics

@20:08: Ravi Dahiya receives moment from Sports Minister Anurag Thakur

@20:06: Indian hockey team felicitated. PR Sreejesh, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sumit, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Dilpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Gurjant Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Kishan Pathak, coach Graham Reid and the captain Manpreet Singh receive momentos.

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@20:02: I am feeling great to be back in India. My effort will be to continue to bring medals for the country. I will try to win the Gold medal for India at Paris Olympics: TokyoOlympics Bronze medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain in Delhi

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“It was my dream to win an Olympic medal and come back to India. It feels very nice to meet and come back home after so long. Everyone at home is very happy, my father has come”: Lovlina Borgohain as quoted by News 18.

“Happy with the medal but will work harder and try to improve on the mistakes I made this time”: added Bajrang Punia

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@17:22: Supporters of Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya also gathered around at the Delhi Airport as the grapplers came back home after winning a bronze and silver medal respectively at the Tokyo Games.

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@16:35: We are just excited to meet him as soon as possible: Neeraj Chopra’s father.

“Feeling very good. We are just excited to meet him as soon as possible. I will congratulate him and will tell him ‘well done son, you did what you said you will’, “ Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar told ANI.

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@15:40: Indian athletes will arrive via Air India Flight which will land at 4:19 PM

Tokyo Olympics: Delhi Police beef up security with athletes set to arrive 

As per IANS, the airport officials have beefed up security sensing excitement among the Indian fans after the athletes came home having impressed one and all at the Summer Games. The athletes are expected to arrive at any time between 3 PM to 4 PM IST on Monday, and Airport officials have placed strict security at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Along with Delhi Police, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and dog squad teams have also been deployed to ensure the safety and security of the athletes.

Authorities have beefed up security with athletes set to arrive at the IGI Airport in Delhi
Authorities have beefed up security with athletes set to arrive at the IGI Airport in Delhi

The exit gate is set to be barricaded with no people allowed in and the athletes will board buses parked close to the exit gate. While gatherings are restricted in light of the pandemic, it is expected that crowds will gather to catch a glimpse of the athletes who made their nation proud at the Tokyo Olympics.

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(with ANI, PTI inputs)

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