On the back of a successful Commonwealth Games campaign (CWG), the Indian Army in a delightful gesture has accorded a warm welcome to their sports persons. These Indian heroes after bagging numerous medals in the just-concluded CWG, all eyes are now set on the upcoming Asian games. These young Army men, who outweighed the expectations of an entire nation, are now ready for bigger battles.
Felicitating the young boys, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat said, “My special compliments to all the medal winners who have brought glory to the nation and the Indian Army,” before adding, “These achievements have been possible due to hard work, dedication, grit and sincere commitment. You have made the nation proud.”
General Bipin Rawat COAS felicitated sportspersons of Indian Army who as part of Indian Contingent at CWG2018 won 10 medals & brought glory to the Nation. Indian Army will continue to support the sportsmen for greater glories.
General Bipin Rawat #COAS felicitated sportspersons of #IndianArmy who as part of Indian Contingent at #CWG2018 won 10 medals & brought glory to the Nation. #IndianArmy will continue to support the sportsmen for greater glories. pic.twitter.com/nJawCEhD8r
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) April 18, 2018
Appreciating the efforts of Mission Olympic Programme, the chief added that Indian Army will continue to support the sportspersons to ensure sustained training as well as preparing them for the forthcoming international events, before beginning their Olympics quest.
Experts might say that CWG cannot be compared with the like of Asian Games and the Olympics, where major sports powerhouses such as China, United States and other European countries are in contention. However, for Subedar Jitu Ram (Gold – shooting), NB Sub Neeraj chopra (Gold – javelin) Subedar Satish Kumar (Silver – boxing) and others it was nothing less than winning a battle.
Havildar Gaurav Solanki won gold in the men’s Flyweight (52kg) division while Subedar Satish Kumar Yadav (+91kg), Naib Subedar Amit Kumar Phangal (49kg) and Naib Subedar Manish Kaushik (60kg) got silver in their respective categories. Naib Subedar Mohd Hassumuddin had to settle for the bronze medal in the bantamweight (56kg) category.
The shooters got three medals with the experienced Subedar Jitu Rai winning gold while Havildar Om Prakash Mitharval bagged two bronze medals.In athletics, reigning World Junior champion Naib Subedar Neeraj Chopra won gold along with a new meet record in men’s javelin while Naib Subedar Deepak Lather got a bronze in weightlifting.
Subedar Jitu Rai, from Nepal, said that, “I am following my CO’s instruction and it is my duty to obey his order. I am still at the learning stage and want to perform well in the upcoming events.I am happy but there is lot more I need to do. Before joining the Army, I was least aware on the sports and sportsmanship,” said Rai here at Sam Manekshaw Center, Delhi Cantt.
Encouraging his young troops, the Commanding Officer, Vivek Gupta, Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) mentioned that these boys are focused and dedicated. “To achieve victory in Games, the mental sharpness is equally required with physical strength. With intense training from foreign coaches, we try to bring the best out of them,” said Colonel Gupta.
Hailing from Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Sub Satish Kumar is very fond of local sports – Kabbaddi and Wrestling, “I never dreamt of being a part of Indian sports team within Army. I follow the instructions of my coach and I’m able to gain the confidence to perform best in international ring. “I want to compete with Uzbekistan boxing champion Hasanboy Dusmatov,” concluded a motivated Satish.
When asked what keeps their morale high – all said in one tone- Basic Marksmanship and brotherhood!