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PM Modi with PV Sindhu, one of the many Indian athletes to participate in Rio OlympicsPress Information Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and personally interacted with the some of the over 100-member Indian contingent, who will leave for the Rio Olympics 2016, scheduled to start from August 5. Modi met the athletes at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on Monday.

India will be sending the largest contingent of athletes ever in the Olympics this time around. From badminton to wrestling and archery to judo, sportspersons from 13 sporting disciplines have qualified for the 2016 Olympics.

Narsingh Yadav, Gagan Narang, Shiva Thapa and many more athletes graced the occasion. PM Modi also wrote messages of best wishes in the racquets of badminton stars PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth.

This year, as many as seven Indian shuttlers will be participating in the Rio Olympics. The list also includes Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy.

PM Modi also took time out to take selfies with several of the athletes.

Check out the photos and video from the event: