New Delhi, Aug 5 : President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday congratulated the Indian contingent for its performance in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where India was fifth in the medals tally. In his message to Raj Singh, Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent for the games, the president said: “I extend my heartiest congratulations to all our sportspersons, who have participated and won laurels for themselves and for our country.”

“These games have proved to be a powerful bridge bringing together people and athletes from various nations. More than anything else, the event has witnessed human endeavour at its best. “Our sportspersons have undoubtedly shown commendable determination, grit and ambition for achievement, and this was instrumental in their success. These games were also a great opportunity for those who could not earn a medal, to imbibe lessons to enhance the quality of their endeavours.

“I am confident that in the future, too, our sportspersons will continue to strive hard and prove their merit so as to keep our national flag flying high in the international arena,” the president said. The prime minister tweeted: “The performance of our athletes in the 2014 Commonwealth Games has made us proud. Congratulations to the medal winners.” The Indian athletes bagged 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze for a total 64 medals.