Pooja Gehlot is a freestyle wrestler from India. Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari Phogat’s medal victories for India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games served as inspiration for Gehlot. Gehlot switched to wrestling as a result of the success of the Phogat sisters. Currently, Birmingham is where CWG 2022 is going on. Recently, Chirs Hemsworth was also seen appreciating Mirabai Chanu for her achievement. The 12 Indian wrestlers won a medal each, totaling six gold, one silver, and five bronze. One among them was Pooja Gehlot. PM Narendra Modi also appreciated the wrestler. With this, India’s wrestling team’s competitions for the 2022 Commonwealth Games are concluded.
Pooja Gehlot At Commonwealth Games 2022
POOJA WINS BRONZE 🥉
U-23 World Championships Silver Medalist and debutant #PoojaGehlot 🤼♀️ (W-50kg) bags 🥉after defeating Scotland’s Letchidjo by technical superiority (12-2) 🔥
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 6, 2022
At the Commonwealth Games in 2022, she brought home the bronze medal in the women’s 50 kg competition. Pooja Gehlot started strong with a TSU victory over Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio of Scotland. After that, Rebecca Ndolo Muambo of Cameron gave her a walkover, allowing her to easily advance to the semi-final round. However, she could not win against Canadian Madison Bianca Parks in the last-four clash. Later, she defeated the Scottish competitor 12-2, winning the bronze play-off. In this category, there were just six wrestlers; therefore, it was contested in the Nordic style. Therefore, wrestlers in this match split into two groups and competed with one another.
However, after winning, she got emotional and tweeted on her Twitter account. She expressed her apology to the nation in the tweet. Pooja Gehlot’s wish was for the National Anthem to be played in Birmingham. She wrote,
“I apologize to my compatriots. I wished that the National Anthem be played here (in Birmingham)… But I will learn from my mistakes, and work on them.”
#WATCH | India’s Pooja Gehlot gets emotional post winning a Bronze medal in the Women’s 50kg Freestyle Wrestling
“I apologise to my compatriots. I wished that the National Anthem be played here… But I will learn from my mistakes, and work on them,” says Wrestler Pooja Gehlot pic.twitter.com/LOHIMeMRHI
— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2022
PM Narendra Modi Appreciates Pooja Gehlot
PM Narendra Modi complimented Pooja on her bronze medal at the CWG in the women’s 50kg category. He says in the tweet that her path inspires everyone. Many people refer to PM Narendra Modi as “the people’s PM.” However, not everyone will believe it. Although, one cannot question the impact of his tweet in support of Pooja Gehlot. In a recent tweet, he said Pooja’s award deserves celebration rather than apologies. PM Narendra Modi wrote,
“Pooja, your medal calls for celebrations, not an apology. Your life journey motivates us, your success gladdens us. You are destined for great things ahead…keep shining! ⭐️”
Pooja, your medal calls for celebrations, not an apology. Your life journey motivates us, your success gladdens us. You are destined for great things ahead…keep shining! ⭐️ https://t.co/qQ4pldn1Ff
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2022
Netizens React To The Tweet By PM Narendra Modi
A Pakistani journalist also appreciated PM Narendra Modi’s Statement. In his tweet, he also inquired as to whether the President or Prime Minister of Pakistan was even aware that athletes were winning medals. Others praised the PM’s “gesture.” They saw it as a remarkable statement made by a head of state to a sportsperson. Additionally, athletes praised the PM’s motivating remarks. Additionally, many saw it as confirmation of Modi’s status as “the people’s PM.”
This further demonstrated his passion for advancing sports in the nation. It also showed how PM Narendra Modi backs Indian athletes.