PM Modi speaks to Bhavina, congratulates her on winning Paralympic silver medal

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to table tennis player Bhavina Patel and congratulated her on winning the historic silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

PM Modi lauded her efforts and told Bhavina that she has scripted history. He wished her the very best for future endeavours.

The 34-year-old Bhavina clinched the silver medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics after going down to world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women’s singles class 4 final.

With this, she also became the first Indian table tennis player to win a medal at the Paralympics.

Patel is also just the second Indian woman after Paralympic Committee of India(PCI) chief Deepa Malik (silver in shot put in 2016) to clinch a medal at the Paralympics.

Earlier, PM Modi also congratulated Bhavina on Twitter.

“The remarkable Bhavina Patel has scripted history! She brings home a historic Silver medal. Congratulations to her for it. Her life journey is motivating and will also draw more youngsters towards sports,” he said in a tweet.

Bhavina hails from Sundhiya in Vadnagar, Mehsana in Gujarat. PM Modi told her that he has been to Sundhiya often.

When asked who all from her family are still there, Bhavina replied that her parents live in Sundhiya.

Bhavina was diagnosed with polio when she was 12 months old but it did not stop her from fulfilling her ambition and potential.