Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met all the Indian athletes who won medals at the recently concluded Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. Along with the athletes, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh was also present on the occasion. Also Read - Independence Day 2020: Multilayered Security, Social Distancing In Place For 74th Independence Day
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi had congratulated the Indian contingent for its exemplary performance at the 18th edition of the Asian Games. Taking to Twitter, he had said, “As the Asian Games 2018 come to a close, I once again congratulate the Indian contingent for their excellent performance. The 2018 Games have been the best for India in the history of the Asian Games. Every athlete who took part in the Games is India’s pride. During the Asian Games 2018, we consolidated our position in events where we have historically been strong and won laurels in those games in which we have not won much previously. This is an extremely positive sign and it augurs well for Indian sports.” Also Read - Two Days Ahead of Independence Day, Narendra Modi Becomes 4th Longest-serving PM of India
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“I salute the coaches, support staff, parents, family and friends of the athletes. Thank you for constantly supporting our champions. My best wishes to all our athletes for their future endeavours,” he had said.
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On Tuesday, the government had felicitated the Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awards. Cash rewards of Rs 40 lakh were given to gold medallists while silver and bronze winners got Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each.
The mega event co-hosted by the twin Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang witnessed the best-ever show by an Indian contingent in terms of medals won, surpassing their previous best of 65 medals at Guangzhou in China in 2010. India won a total of 69 medals, which included 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. India’s previous best medal haul was at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. That year, India bagged a total of 65 medals (14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze)