Nikhat Zareen donates PM Modi boxing gloves, Hima Das donates traditional gamocha

Indian athletes have expressed their joy at being honored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their outstanding performance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with Nikhat Zareen gifting him his boxing gloves and sprinter Hima Das giving the traditional Assamese gamocha.

Modi on Saturday welcomed the Indian contingent to his residence to congratulate the players.

Indian athletes produced a sensational spectacle in Birmingham, winning 61 medals, including 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze.

“Honored to present the boxing gloves signed by all pugilists to our honorable Prime Minister @narendramodi sir. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. A great day spent with my fellow athletes who made the country proud,” Nikhat tweeted.

The star boxer, a gold medalist at the world championships, won the yellow metal in her weight class at the Games.

Hima wrote on his Twitter account, “Delighted to receive the blessings of our Honorable Prime Minister – Shri @narendramodi Ji, in virtue of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Glad to have presented our traditional gamcha to him, wrapped in immense gratitude from the part of all Assam”. Champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won the gold medal without breaking a sweat, a year after her historic silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, thanked the prime minister for his words of encouragement.

“Honored to meet and interact with our Honorable Prime Minister @narendramodi Sir. Thank you very much sir for all your support and encouragement. Jai Hind,” Chanu said.

The golden era of Indian sports is knocking at the door, said the Prime Minister while hailing the beautiful spectacle of the Indian contingent.

“Thank you sir for saving your valuable time and inviting us to your residence. It was as always a pleasure to speak with you,” commuter Chirag Shetty wrote on the microblogging site.

His young badminton colleague Lakshya Sen, who won the men’s singles title in spectacular fashion, also expressed his gratitude for being honored by the Prime Minister.

“What a great day for all #gratitude athletes. Thank you very much Sir for appreciating our hard work and for your words of encouragement. We are all very grateful for your support. Will continue to make our nation proud. Jai Hind! Sen a tweeted.

Indian para table tennis player Bhavina Patel, who won gold in the women’s singles 3-5 category, described the interaction with Modi as motivating.

“Meeting Hon. PM @narendramodi ji once again, interacting with him and seeking blessing was motivating and inspiring as always. His keen interest in our performances and detailed conversations are very gratifying!” says Bhavina.

After the congratulatory programme, the Prime Minister said that “CWG 2022 will be remembered for its memorable performance and the diversification of our pursuit of excellence”.