By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 09, Aug 2021, 18:35 pm IST | UPDATED: 09, Aug 2021, 18:47 pm IST
One of the first athletes to come out was Neeraj Chopra, who was mobbed by fans for selfies and hugs. The crowd at the airport wanted to catch a glimpse of the Gold medal winner.
"We will bring more medals next time. I request everyone to give their love to all athletes.
I'll prepare even better for 2024 & win medal for the country. Disheartened that I missed the bronze. But I'm happy that people gave me so much love. I hope that they continue to shower their love. I'll celebrate after 2024 Olympics", wrestler Deepak Punia told reporters upon returning to India.
The facilitation ceremony will take place at Hotel Ashoka in Delhi this evening. The event was earlier scheduled to take place at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Delhi but was moved to The Ashoka due to the rainy weather in New Delhi on Monday.
Notably, the Silver medal winner, Mirabai Chanu, and the Bronze winner, PV Sindhu, will be skipping the felicitation ceremony. The duo has been felicitated by the government of India before and hence they will not be attending today's ceremony at Hotel Ashoka.
Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Dahiya, Lovina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia and the Men's Hockey team will be facilitated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for winning medals at Tokyo 2020. India's performance at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was the best performance of the nation ever at the Games.
Neeraj Chopra's gold medal in Javelin Throw lifted India's spirits and also the overall rank. India finished 47th at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which is the best position of the contingent.
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