Badminton News: Winning the Thomas Cup title is no ordinary feat, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the winning team during player interactions on Sunday.
On Sunday, days after congratulating the players over the phone on their historic win in Bangkok, Modi met them in person and interacted with the badminton team which also included players from the Uber Cup team.
“I congratulate the whole team on behalf of the nation. This is an achievement. You did it. There was a time when we were so behind in this tournament that no one here knew about it,” Modi said.
Narendra Modi relived the memory of the historic Thomas Cup victory where India won the gold medal beating favorites Indonesia. He praised the team for their efforts and said that the people before had never cared about this tournament and thanks to the Thomas Cup victory, the country paid attention to the team and the sport of the badminton.
“The hard work of ‘Yes we can’ has become a new force in this country right now. I assure you that the government will give all possible support to our players,” Modi said.
Modi praised senior player K. Srikanth for his attitude in taking on the responsibility of leading India’s challenge, especially in their final league game.
“I can proudly say that no other athlete in the world can boast of this, sir. Only we have the privilege of speaking to you immediately after winning. First of all, thank you very much, sir,” Srikanth said.
“Athletes will be proud to say that we have the support of our Prime Minister,” he added.
National team head coach Pullela Gopichand said: “The PM follows the players and the sport, and his spirit is connected with the players.”
Doubles coach Mathias Boe said: “I was a player and I won a medal but I was never called up by my Prime Minister.”
Young player Lakshya Sen presented Prime Minister Almora’s famous “bal mithai” after expressing his interest in savoring the sweetness.
“PM asked for Almora’s mithai ball and I got it for him. It’s touching that he remembers the little things about the players,” Sen said.
“We feel very motivated every time you meet us, interact with us. I hope to keep winning medals for India, keep meeting you and keep getting the ball mithai for you,” Sen added.
What is it in the land of Haryana that continues to produce great players one after another? Modi asked. Badminton player Unnati Hooda from Haryana was delighted to meet the Prime Minister.
“Sir, what motivates me is that you don’t distinguish between medalists and non-medalists,” Hooda said.
Doubles sessionist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy said the players slept with their medals after last week’s impressive title win.
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