“You have made the nation proud as the Olympics was coming to an end … you have given the best possible finish for the country,” PM Modi told Chopra over phone. He said the success at the Tokyo games was due to the hard work and self belief. Chopra thanked the PM for his encouragement. In 2019, when Chopra was recovering from an injury, Modi had wished him well and said he would soon be back in the field.
“History has been scripted in Tokyo! What Neeraj Chopra has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold,” Modi tweeted soon after Chopra ascended the central podium to take the honours.
History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young N… https://t.co/jWuLUlgjMx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1628338808000
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Chopra, tweeting, “The Golden victory of Subedar Neeraj Chopra at the Olympics brings laurels for the Indian Army. He performed like a true soldier at the Olympics. It is indeed a historic and proud moment for the entire country, including the Indian Armed Forces! Many congratulations to him!”
In 2019, when election results were out, and Modi became PM again, Chopra had congratulated the PM. “My heartiest congratulations to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi sir on this historic win. May our country achieve new heights under your leadership,” Chopra had tweeted. While thanking the javelin thrower, the PM had once again inquired about his injury and wished him a fast recovery.
Home minister Amit Shah was equally elated and said, “Proud and historic moment! Every Indian is proud of the honour you have brought to the country with your hard work and dedication. The whole of India is delighted with this extraordinary achievement of yours.”
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said Chopra has finally given the golden moment to India for which everybody was waiting. “His gold medal in the javelin throw reflects the capability of our youth who make the impossible possible through Sankalp Se Siddhi,” he said.
BJP president J P Nadda said 1.3 billion people are going to cherish this glorious moment for a long time.
The PM invited Chopra to August 15 Independence Day celebrations. The Indian Olympic contingent will be special invitees at Red Fort, followed by a dinner hosted by the PM at his residence.