The Indian contingent participating in the World Dwarf Games, held in Toronto, Canada, made the entire nation proud of their achievements as they secured a commendable tally of 37 medals.
India’s Consul General to Toronto, Dinesh Bhatia, felicitated the team and announced they had captured 37 medals at the international competition. The 21-member contingent bagged 15 gold, 10 silver, and 12 bronze medals.
The seventh edition of the World Dwarf Games was held over a week at the University of Guelph in Ontario province where nearly 400 athletes from across 24 countries took part.
Joby Mathew from Kerala contributed the most to India’s medals tally as he bagged 6 medals, including 2 gold and 3 silver. “I had a wonderful experience. I participated in badminton singles, badminton doubles, shot put, javelin, discus throw, and power-lifting,” Mathew said while speaking to Hindustan Times. “We are very much proud to be Indian athletes.”
CV Rajanna from Bangalore is another athlete, who bagged three gold medals, including one in 200m race. Along with him, Devappa More had also won the 100m race.
The team’s coach and manager Shivananda Gunjal said, “This year was fantastic. They have done an excellent job. We want to give a gift to the country on Independence Day. Coming here, we have been given so much respect, we are very proud of that. We are happy to give 15 gold medals to the country on August 15.”
After delivering a stellar performance, Indian sporting fraternity including Sports Minister Vijay Goel extended their greetings to the contingent for their achievements.
Brilliant! So proud of the contingent. https://t.co/iU4slJLrJW— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) August 17, 2017
Standing tall. The Indian contingent that participated in the 7th edition of World Dwarf Games in Guelph bagged 37 medals,including 15 golds pic.twitter.com/LkbMsiUgoU— Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) August 16, 2017
Indian team hit a jackpot with record 37 medals (15 gold) at World dwarf games also known as 'olympics of little people' held in Toronto.???????? pic.twitter.com/KTYxNzA29X— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) August 17, 2017
The Indian consulate in Toronto also felicitated them for their brilliant performance on the occasion of Independence Day.
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