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New Delhi: The Indian  Medal winners of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics were  felicitated at a function in New Delhi this evening. Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik and Law Minister Kiren Rijiju  felicitated all the medal winners. The country bagged an all-time high 19 medals including five gold, eight  silver and six bronze in the recently concluded Tokyo Paralympics Games.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thakur said, the Indian contingent has made the country proud by winning 19 medals which is a historic achievement for the country. He said, in 2016 Paralympics, 19 member Indian contingent was sent but this time 54 member contingent participated at Tokyo Paralympics and brought 19 medals by their stupendous performance. 

He said, all the 54 athletes are the part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme which help them to improve their performance. Mr Thakur assured the country's sportspersons that the government of India will leave no stone unturned in providing support and assistance so that they bring more medals in future sports events.

Union Law  Minister Kirren Rijiju congratulated all the medal winners and said that they have made India proud and are also an inspiration for everyone. Mr Rijiju  reiterated that every player's story is inspiring and a  Sports culture in country sets in when the players are treated as hero. He said, Sports culture has now finally arrived in India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has led this transformational change from the front.
 
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik congratulated the medal winners saying that they have made the country proud by their performance. He said, the Prime Minister’s video interaction and calls to each athlete for winning medals had really encouraged them.
 
President of Paralympic Committee of India  Deepa Malik lauded the Prime Minister's efforts and initiatives of the Government to make divyang Sportspersons inclusive in society. She said, the support given to para athletes under Target Olympic Podium Scheme has created history and today everybody is talking about the success of para athletes.



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