Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to extend an invitation to the whole Indian Olympic team to attend the country’s independence day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi as the chief guest. The information is coming from government sources, and an announcement is expected to be made soon. PM Narendra Modi had also communicated electronically with the competitors prior to their departure for the Games, promising to share ice cream with ace shuttler PV Sindhu before she went for Tokyo.
Now that Sindhu has returned from Tokyo with a bronze medal, making her the first Indian woman to win two medals at the prestigious global championship, PM Modi is sure to follow through on his promise on August 15. The Tokyo Olympic Games are presently in progress, and India has won two medals so far, both of which were won by female athletes. Apart from Sindhu’s bronze, Mirabai Chanu won silver in women’s weightlifting on the first day of Tokyo 2020.
Men’s and women’s hockey teams stand a chance to win medals
Furthermore, the only other medal in the discipline of boxing has been won by a female competitor, Lovlina Borgohain. Meanwhile, the men’s hockey team will play for bronze on August 5 after missing out on a chance to advance to the finals earlier on Tuesday when they were defeated 5-2 by Belgium. Belgium’s Alexander Hendrickx scored a hat-trick in the 19th, 49th, and 53rd minutes, while Loick Luypaert and John-John Dohmen each contributed a goal to give the 2016 silver medalists their second consecutive appearance in the Olympic final. After winning their first-ever semifinal berth by defeating Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinal, the women’s hockey team has a chance to reach the finals.
Tajinder Pal Toor to be in action soon
Tajinder Pal Toor, a champion in both the 2019 Doha Asian Championship and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, will compete later on Tuesday. The 26-year-old from Moga, Punjab, established a new national record of 21.49 metres at the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala, securing a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
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