When the Indian weightlifting team from Punjab arrived at Sri Guru Ram Dass Amritsar Airport in Punjab on Saturday morning, they were met with a rousing welcome after their remarkable performance at the current Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The male and female weightlifters, as well as their instructors, were enthusiastically welcomed by the district administration. Deputy Commissioner Harpreet Singh Sudan presented each of them with a bouquet of flowers while other officials garlanded them.
It should be mentioned that the team brought home 10 medals for India, including 3 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze. The team includes four Punjab-born athletes who have won medals. The silver medalist Vikas Thakur will receive Rs 50 lakh in prize money from the Punjab government, and the bronze medalists Harjinder Kaur, Lovepreet Singh, and Gurdeep Singh will each receive Rs 40 lakh. Lovepreet Singh, who took home the bronze medal in the 109 kg weight division, is from the Amritsar village of Bal Sikander.
Gold medalists Miran Bai Chanu, Jirmi Lalrinuga, and Achinta Siuli, silver medalists Bhandarani Devi, Sanket Sargar, and Vikas Thakur, and bronze medalists Harjinder Kaur, Gurdeep Singh, and Gururaja Pujare were among the athletes who returned to India on Saturday. Along with them, other competitors Ajay Singh, who finished in fourth place, Pori Hajarika, Usha Kumara, and Poornima Pandey, who finished in sixth place, also arrived on Saturday.