NEW DELHI: Athletes bound for Rio Olympics, including India's opening ceremony flag-bearer Abhinav Bindra and wrestling ace Yogeshwar Dutt, hailed the send-off given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who interacted individually with each of them here on Monday.
At a function held at Manekshaw Centre, PM Modi wished luck to each of the sportspersons for the August 5-21 Games.
Later, the PM took to Twitter also to extend his good wishes to the sportspersons. He also responded to the tweets posted by the Rio-bound sportspersons.
Bindra, India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist, who will make his final appearance at Rio, said, "For the first time ever there is a send-off by @PMOIndia @narendramodi for the Olympic Team. What a great gesture.#respect."
London Olympics bronze medallist grappler Yogeshwar also thanked the PM for his gesture.
"It was great gesture from our Honourable Prime Minister to wish athletes personally. Something like this has never happened. So, it's a great encouragement for all of us."
Thanking the PM for his support, young boxer Shiva Thapa wrote on his twitter handle, "Great to meet our Honourable PM Shri @narendramodi ji..Thank you for all your support.jai hind."
年轻的拳击手 Shiva Thap感谢总理的支持，他在推特上写道，“很高兴见到尊敬的总理。感谢你的支持。印度必胜。”
Two-time World championship bronze medallist shuttler PV Sindhu called the meeting motivating.
"Meeting PM Modi was motivating and encouraging, hope to bring at least 2 to 3 medals, from the Rio Games," she said.
Hail Modi !
Thanks to honorable PM Shri Modiji for inspiring all our athletes.
This time we will definitely win at least 20 Gold medals and defeat China.
PHANTOM THE GHOST
we cant defeat China for sure as reforms required from very grass root level.. there so many corrupt coach bas**trds / politicians who kills the talent ..
We may not beat China for sure, but the send off for athletes was never done in India''s History
Modi Ji is a greatest prime minister india is having . a humble person who thinks all about country and their people . I am very proud to be an Indian . Modi Ji an able administrator and an executor . hat''s off to modi ji and wish all RIO team a very best and good luck .
Indians need to proudly recognize that PM Modi is one of the greatest l assets India has today.
There won''t be none to replace him in the near future.
So work with him build India''s Economy and make India a World super Power.
That''s is his ambition.That should be every Indian''s ambition as well.
This PM is UNIQUE! He keeps surprising day in and dat out!
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Proud to have a PM like Narendra MODI. Really a great gesture by our PM
Hope our athletes make India shine with gold.
good luck to all indian participants in the Rio olympic ..this time we hope for some good result