Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated India’s medal-winners in the recently-concluded Asian Games and asked them to strive harder in tougher competitions like the Olympic Games.
Complimenting the athletes during an interaction at his residence, the Prime Minister said their exemplary performance has raised India’s stature and pride. India won a record medal haul at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, by bagging 69 medals, beating the previous best of 65 won at the Guangzhou Asiad in 2010.
“The PM expressed hope that the medal winners will remain grounded and would not lose focus due to fame and accolades,” read a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. “PM Modi urged the sportspersons not to rest on the laurels achieved and asked them to strive harder for greater glory. He said that the biggest challenge for the medal winners will start now and they should never lose their goal of being in the Olympic Games podium.”