Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and felicitated the medal winners of recently concluded Commonwealth Games. India finished the Games with 66 medals, including 26 gold medals, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals.
Indian contingent met the expectations of the nation and bettered their tally of medals from 2014 Glasgow Games.
On Monday, PM Modi congratulated the medal winners and also complimented those who could not win medals but had performed creditably.
The felicitation ceremony was held at PM's residence and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore was present at the event.
While interacting with the players, PM Modi said, "Accomplishments in the sporting arena inspire everyone. Their sporting feats have raised India`s stature. Whenever an Indian sportsperson wins on the global sporting stage, it is the Indian flag that rises."
PM Modi gave the example of Mary Kom, five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist who clinched her first CWG gold medal in 45-48 kg boxing event.
He mentioned Pullela Gopichand, who is mentoring many badminton players after an immensely successful career as a player.
Modi said that besides talent, training, concentration and hard work, mental toughness was also important for sportspersons. In this context, he mentioned the benefits of yoga.