‘Tells us that our contribution is honoured and loved’ – PV Sindhu ‘feels great’ about PM Modi’s gesture for Rupinder Singh Pal

PM Modi penned a letter to Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra to congratulate them on a stunning career.

Rupinder Singh Pal, PM Modi and PV Sindhu
Rupinder Singh Pal, PM Modi and PV Sindhu

Indian drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh who hung his boots last month received a letter from PM Narendra Modi thanking him for his services. Ace shuttler PV Sindhu heaped praise on the Prime Minister for his generous gesture. Rupinder helped India to a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The ace drag-flicker played 223 matches during his 13-year-long career for the Indian team. Rupinder Pal Singh scored three crucial goals during India’s bronze-medal winning campaign at the Tokyo Olympics. He was one of the pillars of the Indian defence which played a huge role in India’s dream run at the Tokyo Olympics.

I would like to personally thank you for all that you have done Indian hockey,” read the letter posted by Rupinder. “I would want to say that the people of India will have great memories of your own magic on the field.

You have been a source of strength for the Indian hockey team and have been integral to every major tournament India has won from 2010 be it the Asian Men’s Hockey Championships, Men’s Hockey Asia Cup, Commonwealth Games, Hockey World League Finals and more. In the Tokyo Olympics, your performance was crucial to the team’s historic success.

PV Sindhu in awe of PM Modi’s gesture

PM Modi with PV Sindhu and Sajan Prakash
PM Modi with PV Sindhu

Ace shuttler and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist PV Sindhu was all praises for the gesture of PM Modi. Sindhu shared that the gesture meant that an athlete’s efforts were not only recognised but honoured by the nation. The Prime Minister also penned a letter for Birendra Lakra who also retired with Rupinder.

“Following Rupinder and Lakra’s retirement, the onus of leading the defence and converting the penalty corners have come upon the shoulders of vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who is now the only drag-flicker in the side. The defenders’ decision to hang their boots has created a huge hole in the team’s defence as it looks to build on a scintillating Olympic campaign.An athlete contributes the prime years of life to sport. A gesture like this from the Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji himself tells us that our contribution is honoured and loved by the country. It feels great… A big thank you to @rupinderbob3 for all he has done for hockey,” Sindhu’s tweet read.

Following Rupinder and Lakra’s retirement, the onus of leading the defence and converting the penalty corners have come upon the shoulders of vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who is now the only drag-flicker in the side. The defenders’ decision to hang their boots has created a huge hole in the team’s defence as it looks to build on a scintillating Olympic campaign.

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