Neeraj Chopra, Other Medallists Honoured After Grand Welcome: Highlights | Olympics News

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Neeraj Chopra and Lovlina Borgohain among others were felicitated by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.© Lovlina Borgohain/Twitter




Neeraj Chopra, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia, the men’s and women’s hockey teams among others were in attendance as the felicitation ceremony for India’s Olympic medallists was completed in New Delhi. India’s Olympic stars were felicitated in New Delhi by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju among others. Athletes from the Indian contingent returned home from the Tokyo Olympics on Monday and were accorded a grand welcome. Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, who won the men’s javelin throw final at the Games, silver-medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain and Bajrang Punia, who won a bronze medal in wrestling, were some of India’s Olympic medal winners in attendance. The men’s and women’s hockey teams also tasted glory with the men’s team ending their 41-year wait for an Olympic medal by winning bronze and the women’s team finishing fourth. Both hockey teams were felicitated.

Here Are The Highlights From The Felicitation Ceremony 


  • 20:31 (IST)

    The Olympians pose with their medals as the ceremony comes to a close!

    The players pose with their medals along with all dignitaties present at the event as the felicitation ceremony comes to a close.

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  • 20:29 (IST)

    The women’s hockey team is being invited to the stage now

    The Indian women’s hockey team finished fourth in the Tokyo Games but not before making the semifinals for the first time in their history.

    The women’s team members are on the stage and the audience applauds amid “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” chants.

  • 20:25 (IST)

    The whole country stood by its athletes during the Olympics, says former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

    Thank you to all of you who have won medals at the Olympics. You have brought great happiness to the country, says Kiren Rijiju.

  • 20:17 (IST)

    The gold medal belongs to all of India, says Neeraj Chopra

    Thank you to all of you who supported me. This gold medal isn’t just mine but this belongs to all of India, says Neeraj Chopra.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra is being felicitated

    India’s first Olympic gold medallist in athletics, Neeraj Chopra, is being felicitated now.

  • 20:13 (IST)

    Ravi Dahiya is being felicitated

    India’s silver medallist in wrestling at the Olympics, Ravi Dahiya, is being felicitated now.

    Thank you to everyone who stood by me, says Ravi Dahiya.

  • 20:09 (IST)

    Manpreet Singh, the captain of Indian men’s hockey team, is being felicitated

    Every Olympian has brought laurels to the country. All of them deserve an applause, says Manpreet Singh, and all in attendance respond.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Indian men’s hockey team is being felicitated now

    Players of the Indian men’s hockey team are being invited to the stage for the felicitation ceremony, starting with goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, Harmanpreet Singh and others.

    Kiren Rijiju and Nisith Pramanik felicitate the players. 

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Feels very good to bring medal for the country, says Lovlina Borgohain

    I will continue to work hard to bring more laurels for the country. I had only thought of winning the gold medal at the Olympics, says Lovlina Borgohain. 

  • 19:54 (IST)

    Lovlina Borgohain is being felicitated now

    Boxer Lovlina won the bronze medal in women’s Welter category at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • 19:52 (IST)

    “Thanks for all the love and affection”: Bajrang Punia

    It feels like I have won a medal again, says Punia on being felicitated after his bronze medal win at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • 19:51 (IST)

    Bajrang Punia is being felicitated now

    He won the bronze medal in men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling at Tokyo Games. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and Minister of State Nisith Pramanik felicitate Punia. 

  • 19:50 (IST)

    You have inspired the youth of the country, says Sports Minister Anurag Thakur

    Anurag Thakur says the Olympains who returned as medallists from Tokyo have become sources of inspiration for the rest of the youth in the country.

  • 19:45 (IST)

    We have waited 121 years for Olympic medal in athletics, says Anurag Thakur

    We have waited for 121 years for an Olympic medal in athletics and Neeraj Chopra ended that wait. Neeraj, you haven’t just won a medal but also the hearts of Indians. You have inspired generations to come in the future, says Anurag Thakur

  • 19:43 (IST)

    Sports Minister Anurag Thakur addresses the audience

    This evening belongs to India’s Olympians who have brought laurels to this country, says Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. 

    He invokes the “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” call and all athletes chant in unison.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Nisith Pramanik addresses the auidence

    Nisith Pramanik addresses the athletes and dignitaries at the felicitation ceremony. 

  • 19:32 (IST)

    National Anthem is being played now

    All present are on their feet now as as the Indian national anthem is being played.

    A glorious moment for all Indians.

  • 19:30 (IST)

    The athletes and dignitaries have arrived

    Sports Minister Anurag Thakur is seated on the stage along with India’s Olympic medallists.

    Former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju is also seated and next to him are wrestler Bajrang Punia and boxer Lovlina Borgohain.

  • 19:23 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra, men’s hockey team, women’s hockey team to be felicitated

    India’s first Olympic gold medallist in athletics, Neeraj Chopra, who won the men’s javelin throw final at the Games, is among the athletes who will be felicitated.

    The women’s hockey team has also arrived at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi, the venue for the ceremony.

  • 19:20 (IST)

    Hello and welcome!

    Hello and welcome to live updates from the felicitation ceremony of India’s Olympic medallists. 

    India’s medallists from Tokyo Olympics will be felicitated by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju among others in New Delhi. 

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