🇮🇳 Hockey India : Birendra Lakra and Rupinder Pal Singh overwhelmed by PM Narendra Modi's letter of appreciation
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Former Indian men’s hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh was overwhelmed after he
received a letter of appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his retirement.
PM also sent out the letter to Birendra Lakra on his retirement from the game.

Both Pal and Lakra were part of India’s recent Bronze Medal-winning team at the Tokyo
Olympics 2020. The duo announced their retirement on the same day, that is, September
30.

“Overwhelmed to receive this letter from our Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji. His constant
support to athletes has motivated us to do our best at Tokyo2020. Sir, I am inspired by
your passion for sport and pledge to continue my contribution to Indian sports,” Rupinder
Pal Singh tweeted.

Rupinder, who made his international debut in 2010, played a pivotal role in India’s
Bronze Medal-winning feat at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Having scored as many as four
goals in the tournament, the 31-year-old Lakra, a defender, was part of India’s bronze
medal-winning side in the Tokyo Olympics.

He was also part of the 2014 gold medalwinning Incheon Asian Games team and the side that claimed bronze in 2018 Jakarta. He was the second-highest goal-scorer in the team.

“I read your post in which you announced your retirement from the Indian Hockey Team. I
would like to personally thank you for all that you have done for Indian hockey,” the letter
by PM read.

“In your post, you wrote about how you will carry back great memories of playing with the
best in the world of hockey. I want to say that the people of India will have great
memories of your own magic on the field. You have been a source of strength for the
Indian hockey team and have been integral to every major tournament India has won
from 2010 be it the Asian Men’s Hockey Championships, Men’s Hockey Asia Cup,
Commonwealth Games, Hockey World League Finals and more. In the Tokyo Olympics,
your performance was crucial to the team’s historic success,” the letter added.

The 31-year-old Lakra, a defender, who retired hours after Rupinder, was also part of
India’s bronze medal-winning side in the Tokyo Olympics. He was also part of the 2014
gold medal-winning Incheon Asian Games team and the side that claimed bronze in 2018
Jakarta.

“We athletes contribute our life to sport and when it is acknowledged by Hon’ble PM of
the country, it feels like we have really done our bit for nation building. Heartfelt thanks to
Hon’ble Narendra Modi ji for his warm gesture. The time spent with you at the interaction
after Tokyo 2020 will always remain memorable. Sir, I will surely take up the suggestion
made by you regarding visits to 75 schools as part of #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav and
continue to contribute to my country in my own little way,” Lakra wrote on his Instagram.

“I write this letter to express my gratitude to you for your indelible contributions to Indian
hockey. You have been a key part of a vital decade for Indian hockey. You also continued
the glorious tradition of Odisha of producing outstanding hockey

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