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“Your medal calls for celebration, not apology”: PM Modi consoles wrestler Pooja Gehlot, wins internet

Gehlot got teary-eyed while in conversation with the media after she had to settle for a bronze, as she apologised to her fellow citizens…

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s consolating gesture toward heartbroken wrestler Pooja Gehlot is garnering praises not just within the country but from across the borders too.

Indian athlete Pooja Gehlot won the bronze play-off on Saturday after losing the Women’s 50kg Freestyle Wrestling event to Canada’s Madison Parks in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Gehlot got teary-eyed while in conversation with the media after she had to settle for a bronze, as she apologised to her fellow citizens saying that her goal was to hear the National Anthem being played at the tournament.

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Taking notice of the disheartening player, PM Modi took to Twitter to put in some motivating words and wrote, “Pooja, your medal calls for celebrations, not an apology. Your life journey motivates us, your success gladdens us. You are destined for great things ahead…keep shining! “.

PM’s response is winning hearts from all directions. Pakistani journalist Shiraj Hassan retweeted his response and wrote on Twitter, “This is how India projects their athletes. Pooja Gehlot won the bronze and expressed sorrow as she was unable to win the Gold medal, and PM Modi responded to her. Ever seen such a message for Pakistan PM or President? Do they even know that Pakistani athletes are winning medals?”

Check several overwhelming Twitter reactions here: 

 

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