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PM leads country in lauding Paralympic medallists

PTI
Published Sep 10, 2016, 12:51 pm IST
Updated Sep 10, 2016, 3:48 pm IST
Under the Sports Ministry's Cash Award Scheme, Mariyappan will get Rs 75 lakh and Bhati will be presented Rs 30 lakh for their feat.
Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati won gold and bronze respectively as India opened their medal tally at Rio Paralympics. (Photo: Rio 2016 Twitter)
 Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati won gold and bronze respectively as India opened their medal tally at Rio Paralympics. (Photo: Rio 2016 Twitter)

New Delhi: From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, congratulatory messages poured in from all corners for Rio Paralympic Games' T-42 high-jump gold-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu and bronze winner Varun Bhati.

Modi tweeted for the duo:

 

 

Under the Sports Ministry's Cash Award Scheme, Mariyappan will get Rs 75 lakh and Bhati will be presented Rs 30 lakh for their feat. The prize money is at par with the medal winners from last month's Olympic Games as was announced by the Ministry before the Games.

Thangavelu won the yellow metal with his best jump of 1.89 metres, while Bhati's best effort of 1.86m fetched him the bronze. The silver medal in this event went to USA's Sam Grewe who also registered the same mark of 1.86 metres.

 

Bindra welcomed Thangavelu to the gold medal club while congratulating the duo for their feat.

 

Sports Minister Vijay Goel also heaped praise on the duo.

"Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu for winning Gold & Varun Singh Bhati for winning #bronze in Men's high Jump at Rio," he said.

"It is a big achievement and I am very proud of our athletes," he added.

 

Rio Olympics bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik said the two are an inspiration for other athletes.

She tweeted:

 

Filmstar Amitabh Bachchan also congratulated the duo.

 

 

"Never seen anything more inspirational than this. Congrats Mariyappan Thangavelu #Paralympics #gold," added former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha.

Beijing Olympics bronze-medallist boxer Vijender Singh hoped that the two athletes would be accorded the same honours that were bestowed on Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.

He said,

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also congratulated Thangavelu and Bhati.

 

"Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning a gold & Varun Singh Bhati for the bronze at the #Paralympics," he said.

Olympic bronze-medallist boxer M C Mary Kom said it was a proud moment for the country.

"Congratulation. Both of you has make all Indians PROUD. #KheloIndia," she said.

The Indian Cricket Board was not to be left behind either and posted, "Congratulations Mariyappan Thangavelu & Varun Bhati on winning #Gold & #Bronze respectively at Rio #Paralympics."

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also lauded the duo, calling their achievement historic.

 

"...history has been created today. Outstanding lives and games of these athletes will inspire generations to come," the party's official twitter handle quoted her as saying.

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