President felicitates 'Olympian Heroes of India'
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee has said that there is a need to create infrastructure across the country, nurturing of talent at grass root level and promotion of a sporting culture. He was addressing the function organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan for the felicitation of the Olympian heroes of India who won medals in recently held London Olympic.
On the occasion, Mukherjee complimented the medal winners adding that those who did not win medals have also done India proud.
"I congratulate the Indian Contingent for their performance in London. Those who won medals deserve the highest of praise. But those who did not, also, deserve equal appreciation and encouragement," said Mukherjee.
He stressed that compared to the medal drought of the past, six medals was a good harvest. However, a nation of 1.2 billion deserves a higher position than No.55 on the medals table.
Appreciating the winning attitude of the Olympian heroes, Mukherjee said, "There is no time to rest on laurels. We must collectively lift our nation to greater heights. Let this be a moment when we re-dedicate ourselves to the building of India's sporting future. Let us set our goals high and tell ourselves 'Rio, here we come'. I am confident that nothing less than a 'medal spring' awaits us at the next Olympics.
(With inputs from IANS)
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