Tokyo Olympics: The Indian contingent landed in Delhi in the afternoon and will now be taken to the Ashoka Hotel where athletes and medal winners will be felicitated.
Inside the plane with Neeraj Chopra was wrestler Vinesh Phogat for company (India Today Photo)
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Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra was surrounded at the Delhi airport by thousands of fans who waited for hours to meet the javelin star on his return home along with around 80 other Indian athletes.
The Indian contingent landed in Delhi in the afternoon and will be taken to the Ashoka Hotel where the athletes and medal winners will be felicitated.
Neeraj Chopra, being the man of the moment, had the biggest crowd around him as compared to other athletes, but India Today still managed to elicit a response from independent India’s second Olympic gold winner after Abhinav Bindra.
“It feels great to be back home, I was expecting it,” Neeraj told India Today’s Rahul Rawat.
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Meanwhile, Neeraj Chopra’s parents left for Delhi early on Monday morning from Panipat. They were at the airport to welcome their son, the new national hero of India. There was a festive atmosphere at the Indira Gandhi airport after India’s lone track and field Olympic champion created history on Saturday.
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Speaking to India Today, Neeraj Chopra had said that he didn’t want to spend a lot of time talking to his parents on the phone as he wanted a lot of alone time with them in their residence so that they could expand. Tell me how he felt when he was standing. The Indian national anthem at the top of the Olympic podium at the National Stadium in Tokyo.
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“I haven’t been able to talk to them yet. I don’t want to talk to them in such haste. I want to sit well and talk to them. I can’t talk to them the way I talk to all of you With limited time, I will talk to him with as much time as possible,” Neeraj told India Today in Tokyo on Sunday.
Neeraj became only the second individual Olympic champion from India. He ended India’s 13-year long wait for the national anthem at the medal ceremony at the Olympics. The 23-year-old from Panipat was at his best with confidence as he blew up the rest of the field in the Men’s Javelin final.
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