When the state of affairs demanded, Modi cited the instance of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in the 1999 World Cup to boxer Ashish Kumar, whose father died earlier than the Olympic qualifier final 12 months earlier than he battled COVID-19 just a few months in the past.
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And when he realised that he may do with a bit of humour, the PM promised to have ice cream with champion shuttler PV Sindhu.
Modi sought to make the athletes really feel relaxed earlier than they depart for the Tokyo Games, the place expectations from them might be excessive.
During the interactive session, the PM jokingly requested Sindhu about her weight loss plan restrictions and recalled how chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand took away her cellphone and prevented her from having ice cream throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“There was a ban on eating ice creams on you during the 2016 Olympics, has another ban been imposed for Tokyo?” he requested to a grinning Sindhu, who can be aiming to raised the silver she received 5 years in the past.
“Sir, I have to be careful about my diet,” she responded.
Turning to ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat, a vivid medal prospect in Tokyo, Modi jokingly requested the grappler’s father, “Kaunsi chakki ka atta kilate hain aap log apni beti ko (which flour do you people have)?”
Modi additionally hailed the contribution of the Phogat household to Indian wrestling.
Speaking to boxer Ashish, he recalled his struggles in the run-as much as the Games, since dropping his father, who was a kabaddi participant.
“Your father was a kabaddi player. How did you come to choose boxing?” Modi requested.
“My father wanted me to be a boxer. I come from a family of sportspersons. My brother was a wrestler but I was of a lean frame. So, I decided that I couldn’t be a wrestler and chose boxing,” Ashish stated.
“You suffered from COVID. You lost your father as well. How did you cope and continue working hard?” the PM requested.
Ashish replied, “I was emotionally hurt after my father died. My family supported me well through testing times. My friends motivated me that I should work towards fulfilling my father’s dreams.”
“When I was in Spain, I had tested positive for COVID. But I was given special facilities. Despite those facilities I took a long time to recover. After returning to India, our sports staff helped me a lot. I got back into rhythm with their help.”
Modi reminded Ashish that Tendulkar “had also lost his father during a tournament”.
“He paid tribute to his father through his game. You have also done the same. You are already a champion and the nation expects a lot from you at the Olympics,” stated the PM.
With ace rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan, Modi reminded her that she comes from the identical vidhan sabha constituency in Gujarat – Maninagar – from the place he contested in the meeting elections.
Modi greeted the Ahmedabad-based shooter in Gujarati and inspired her to present her finest on the Games.
To javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Modi stated, “I have been told that you got injured, but still you created a new record. You don’t need to get bogged down by expectations, don’t take the burden of expectations, just focus on your goal.”
The Olympics, in which on-web site spectators won’t be allowed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital from July 23 to August 8.
Newly-appointed union sports activities minister Anurag Thakur and his deputy Nisith Pramanik, legislation minister Kiren Rijiju, who was succeeded by Thakur, had been additionally current throughout the interactive session.