PR Sreejesh ‘privileged and honoured’ to have been India’s flag-bearer at the Asian Games closing ceremony
The Indian men’s hockey goalkeeper led the Indian contingent.
The remarkable achievements of the Indian contingent at the Asian Games 2023 have culminated in a momentous honor as PR Sreejesh, the celebrated goalkeeper and a veteran of the Indian men’s hockey team, was selected to carry the nation’s flag during the closing ceremony of the prestigious sporting event.
The Indian contingent, fuelled by exceptional performances across various disciplines, amassed a staggering 107 medals, marking India’s biggest-ever haul in a single edition of the quadrennial showpiece. The medal tally includes a remarkable 28 Gold, 38 Silver, and 41 Bronze medals, a testament to the unwavering dedication and talent of the Indian athletes.
One of the highlights of India’s exceptional performance at the 19th Asian Games was the Indian men’s hockey team’s gold medal triumph, which also helped them secure a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics. This momentous victory marked India’s fourth gold medal in men’s field hockey at the Asian Games, solidifying its position as a hockey powerhouse on the continent.
Also, the Indian women’s hockey team added to the nation’s joy by securing a bronze medal in the competition, further underscoring the resurgence and remarkable progress of Indian women’s hockey on the international stage.
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PR Sreejesh, who made his debut for the Indian men’s hockey team in 2010, expressed his pride and gratitude on being chosen as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony, saying, “It’s a tremendous honour and privilege to represent my country as the flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2023.
The success of our Indian contingent, especially the Indian men’s hockey team, has been an incredible journey filled with hard work and dedication. This moment signifies the unity and strength of our nation in the world of sports. I am humbled by this opportunity and look forward to carrying our flag with immense pride.”
The closing ceremony of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 promises to be a spectacular celebration of athleticism and camaraderie, with PR Sreejesh leading the Indian contingent with the tricolour held high, symbolizing India’s historic journey at this prestigious event.