PM Modi hosts India’s Deaflympics stars


Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, May 21 hosted India’s successful Deaflympics contingent at his residence, congratulation the athletes on their landmark performance in the 24th edition of the Games.

PM Modi met and greeted the Indian athletes who were sporting the Team India blazer. Notably, India had their best-ever performance at the Deaflympics, winning as many as 16 medals, including 8 gold medals.

The 2021 edition, which was held from May 1 to 15 this year at Festa da Uva Main Pavilion in Caxias do Sul in southern Brazil, was the first time India finished in the top 10 of the medal tally since the Games’ inception in 1925. India made their debut in 1965 and its best-ever performance came in 1993 when India won 7 medals.

India had sent their largest contingent, 65 athletes, to the Deaflympics which saw more than 2100 athletes from 72 countries.

“I will never forget the interaction with our champions who have brought pride and glory for India at the Deaflympics. The athletes shared their experiences and I could see the passion and determination in them. My best wishes to all of them,” PM Modi said in a social media post, sharing photos from their interaction.

“It is due to our champions that this time’s Deaflympics have been the best for India!”


Badminton player Jerlin Jayaratchagan was one of the biggest star for India at Deaflympics 2021 as she won as many as 3 gold medals. Shooter Dhanush Srikanth bagged 2 gold medals. Tennis player Prithvi Sekhar was also a multiple medalist with 2 medals.

Wrestler Virender Singh won his 5th straight medal at the Deaflympics – a bronze