The Indian badminton team met up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their Thomas Cup victory. The PM spent a candid session talking to the team and reliving breathtaking moments of India’s historic win.
India put on an incredible show in the finals of the Thomas Cup. (Courtesy: PTI)
- India won a historic gold medal in the Thomas Cup
- India became only the sixth nation to win the tournament
- India outclassed favourites Indonesia 3-0 in the finals
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met up with the Thomas Cup winning contingent on Sunday, 22 May. An elated Prime Minister conversed with the Indian badminton team reliving the memory of the historic Thomas Cup campaign where India clinched gold medal by defeating favourites Indonesia, earlier in the month of May.
Speaking to the Indian badminton team, Modi said that India were able to hoist their flag in the competition after decades and it was not a small achievement. He congratulated the team for their efforts and said that the country earlier never cared for these tournaments, but thanks to this team, the Thomas Cup win the country took notice of this team and the sport – badminton.
PM Modi was the first one to call the badminton team after their historic win in the Thomas Cup final, a footage that the players had shared right after their victory.
“The ‘Yes, we can do it’ attitude has become the new strength in the country today. I assure you that the government will give all possible support to our players,” said the Prime Minister.
He congratulated Kidambi Srikanth specifically mentioning that it was quite commendable that the 29-year-old had shouldered India in his final game in the championship under huge pressure.
India completed their historic Thomas Cup campaign by defeating Indonesia by a margin of 3-0 in the finals. India were underdogs throughout the knockout stages of the tournament and defeated powerhouses like Malaysia and Denmark on their way to the finals.
The finals was a dramatic competition as well, where India pulled back from behind in both of their first two games, with Lakshay Sen and the doubles duo of Sawtiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty posting incredible victories before Kidambi Srikanth sealed India’s fate in the third match.