Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of India, has expressed his anticipation for India to achieve an unprecedented medal count in the upcoming Asian Games 2023.
Neeraj Chopra clinches gold medal at World Championships in Budapest. (Photo: AFP)
Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of India, Anurag Thakur, has expressed high hopes for India’s contingent in the upcoming Asian Games 2023, set to be held in China in September and October. Thakur emphasized his desire for India to break records in this year’s Asian Games. He referred to the remarkable performances witnessed in Indian sports during the month of August 2023, highlighting the country’s success on the international stage.
One notable achievement came in the game of chess, where young prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa faced off against the world’s number one player, Magnus Carlsen, in the Chess World Cup final. Although Praggnanandhaa fell short in the tie-breaks, his exceptional performance against the Norwegian grandmaster established a new benchmark for Indian chess.
In athletics, Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin throw ace, made history by clinching gold at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Chopra’s victory, combined with his previous successes at major international events, solidified his position as one of the world’s top javelin throwers.
India’s badminton player HS Prannoy also contributed to the nation’s growing tally of international accolades by winning a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships.
The Indian 4x400m men’s relay team made headlines by breaking the Asian record at the World Athletics Championships, showcasing the potential of Indian athletes in track and field events.
Moreover, Indian athletes achieved unprecedented success at the World University Games held in Chengdu, China. They returned home with a record haul of 26 medals, including 11 golds, marking the best-ever performance by Indian sportspersons in the history of the games.
These accomplishments in August 2023 not only signify individual triumphs but also reflect India’s increasing prominence in global sports. Minister Thakur praised the efforts of both the players and the government, emphasizing the growth of Indian sports across various disciplines. With an optimistic outlook, Thakur concluded that India is steadily showcasing strong performances in all sports, building on the country’s success in athletics and other sporting events.