Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with the Commonwealth Games 2018 medal-winning paddlers, including Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal.Also Read - Tokyo 2020: Manika Batra Refusing National Coach's Help Act of Indiscipline, Says TTFI Secretary General Arun Kumar Banerjee

The Prime Minister congratulated the medal winners for their exemplary performance in the international arena, adding that their performance has made the entire nation proud, according to a release from the government. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics, Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra Suffer Defeat in Mixed Doubles Round of 16

Modi also acknowledged the rise of sporting talents from small towns in India and emphasized the need for continuously nurturing them. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: India's Top 5 Dark Horses to Win a Medal

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present on the occasion.