On Day 5 of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the team of Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki, and Nayanmoni Saikia made history by winning the nation's first-ever medal (Gold) in the sport of Lawn Bowls by defeating South Africa (17-10) in the championship match at Victoria Park on Tuesday.
After the team's historic victory over New Zealand, team manager Anju Luthra had said, "Getting a medal is important because when we go back (to India), the federation always says 'what have you done?', so we want to prove that we are not less than any other game.”
The management further stated that it will provide the sport and its participants the recognition they so richly merit. And the occurrences have already begun.
After the four women won the Gold for India, Twitter erupted. Many well-known people expressed their congratulations to the players for their historic accomplishment on Twitter.
The Assam Chief Minister, Himanta Biswas Sarma, congratulated the Lawn Bowls team on Twitter. He wrote, “Another Gold for India at #CommonwealthGames. Congratulations to Assam’s Nayanmoni Saikia and her team members who created history by winning the first ever medal for in Lawn Bowls (Women's Fours) in #CWG. Proud”
Another for India at #CommonwealthGames
Congratulation to Nayanmoni Saikia of Assam and the rest of her team for making history by taking home the first-ever medal in Lawn Bowls (Women's Fours) at the #CWG.
-Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa), August 2, 2022, "Proud#Cheer4India"
Munaf Patel, a former cricketer for India, tweeted his happiness and well wishes for the four women. "Congratulations ladies for reaching new heights," he wrote. Congratulations ladies for achieving new hights #LawnBowling.
Another #goldmedal for #TeamIndia#CWG2022 #CommonwealthGames
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) August 2, 2022
Former Ambassador of India to United Nations, Amb T S Tirumurti said, “History made! Lawn Bowl: Women's Fours Indian team wins India its the first ever #GoldMedal at #CommonwealthGames What an achievement! Congrats Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey.”
Lawn Bowl: Women's Fours Indian team wins India its the first ever #GoldMedal at #CommonwealthGames
What an achievement! Congrats Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey
— Amb T S Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) August 2, 2022
Hurray! Gold medal in Lawn Bowls & Para Lawn Bowls. Historic win for India Team beating South Africa. Congratulations Women's Lawn Bowl Team India and officials. #womenempowerment #CommonwealthGames2022
— M C Mary Kom OLY (@MangteC) August 2, 2022
Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom greeted the entire team on social media and expressed her joy.