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Have you learnt Punjabi, PM Modi asked Sreejesh; praised Mirabai for remembering people who helped in journey

Modi had some light moments with the athletes, their coaches and family members over a breakfast meeting on Monday.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 18, 2021 22:38 IST
PM Narendra Modi with Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh
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PM Narendra Modi with Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh

Iconic boxer MC Mary Kom and ace archer Deepika Kumari were told they need not say sorry after returning without medals while hockey player P Sreejesh was asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he has learnt 'Punjabi' when he hosted the Tokyo-returned Olympians at his residence.

Modi had some light moments with the athletes, their coaches and family members over a breakfast meeting on Monday. He asked bronze-winning men's hockey team goalkeeper P R Sreejesh whether he had learnt to speak Punjabi since the national team has a number players from Punjab.

Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh's tall frame attracted "kitna height hai" (How tall are you) comment from the PM. "You did not go to play volleyball?" the PM asked him. The hockey team presented the PM a stick signed by all the players.

Sprinter Duttee Chand, who crashed out in the first round of both the 100m and 200m races, gave a long introduction of herself.

To that, PM Modi said: "If politicians listen to you, they will make you contest elections."

"You are from Odisha and how did you speak Hindi so well? Out of India's population of 1.3 billion, 65 per cent is youth. And out those youth, only you (128 in Tokyo Olympics) were able to represent the country.

"That is an achievement in itself. Your every effort is an inspiration and it is not that only medal winners inspire others."

Modi also told Neeraj Chopra, PV Sindhu -- who were served Choorma and ice cream as promised earlier -- and Borgohain that he would auction the equipment they had presented to him.

"You have put your signature here. I will auction this, is it OK?," Modi asked Chopra, who smiled in response, after he gave him a javelin he used during the Games.

Silver medal winner weightlifter Mirabai Chanu was asked about the back pain she had suffered some time back. "You did not forget the people who had helped you in your journey," Modi said in reference to Chanu presenting gifts to truck drivers who had ferried her from her home to training center in Manipur during her formative years.

When Borgohain presented a pair of gloves to him, Modi said: "Mey yeh pahenunga toh politics ka log bolega Modi gadbad karne wala hai."

After Chopra was told to have his favourite 'churma', the PM asked how the youngster was so sure of winning gold after the second throw in the final that he raised his hands.

"After the second throw, you were in victory mood and you were like celebrating. Were you very confident?" the PM asked to the superstar javelin thrower.

"It was a surprise for me. I can see how you have that balance. Vijay tumhara sar par nahi charta, parajay tumhara man me nahi beitha. Woh balancing chije dekha (success does not go to your head and defeat does not bog you down, I noted that balance)."

Chopra said the hard training gave him the confidence and he focussed on his own performance only. Modi narrated a story about former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee whose comment about 'gulab jamun' led to the sweet dish being served most of the time when he graces an event.

"Atalji once talked about gulab jamun at a function and it came in newspapers. So, most of the time gulab jamun will be there when he is at a function. So, it needed a circular to be issued later on that other things should also be served at his functions."

At the table of hockey players, Modi told Sreejesh that in cricket the wicketkeeper is shown all the time (on TV) while a hockey goalkeeper is not known (by people) even after winning an Olympic medal.

When Mary Kom apologised that she could not bring a medal this time, the PM said: "You have made a big contribution to Indian sports and because of you the country has drawn attention to women players. You have done so much."

When Deepika said sorry for not bringing a medal, Modi said: "Kya sorry, umid chhorega toh khilari nahi hota (Athletes do not give up on hope)." Modi even held microphone for Deepika to speak.

Modi then told Sindhu's coach Park Tae-Sang, a South Korean, to visit Ayodhya. "Have you ever visited Ayodhya. Your president's wife, the first lady, came to a function in Ayodhya as special guest. You should visit Ayodhya and know its history" 

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