Badminton star Lakshya Sen with PM Modi.© ANI/Twitter
India made history last week by beating 14-times and defending champions Indonesia in the final to earn a first gold medal at the Thomas Cup. Never in the history of the sport had India even qualified for the final, but she overcame all odds to send the country into ecstasy. The world No. 11 Kidambi Srikanth defeated the higher-ranking Jonatan Christie to take a 3-0 win and spark wild celebrations in the Indian camp as their players stormed the field carrying the national flag. On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had contact with India’s Thomas Cup heroes and the Uber Cup contingent.
The Prime Minister praised India’s “Yes, we can” attitude and said it has become the new force in the country.
“The ‘Yes, we can do it’ attitude has become the new force in the country today. I assure you that the government will give every possible support to our players: PM Narendra Modi while interacting with the badminton contingent for Thomas Cup & Uber Cup Prime Minister Modi told ANI.
Lakshya Sen, one of the heroes of India’s Thomas Cup triumph, revealed that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to fetch Almora’s famous ‘ball mithai’.
“He pays attention to little, little things. He knew that Almora’s ball mithai is very famous, so he asked me to get it. I got it for him. And he also knew that my grandfather and father played too. These little things are very important. Such a big man says these things to you, so it feels really nice to talk to him,” said Lakshya Sen.
Sen had given India a huge win in the first game of the final against the bronze medalist of the Tokyo Olympics, Anthony Ginting. The 20-year-old shuttler had come back from a game behind to beat the Indonesian.
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