They won and rubbed it in with a galling quip and a maddening smirk. But they no longer possess the old fire that destroyed an opposition even before the first ball in a match was bowled, and thereby hangs a tale.
Lakshya Sen crashed out of the All England Open 2023 men's singles event after losing to Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight games at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.
West Midlands Police tweeted they were aware of the event and were working with faith leaders and others to monitor the situation.
The gold medalists received Rs 20 lakh each, while the silver and bronze medalists received Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh, respectively.
Athletes from the Indian Army won four gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the quadrennial showpiece event.
Among those who have arrived since Monday night include the boxing contingent led by Amit Panghal, the athletics and wrestling teams and the para powerlifters, who returned to their Sports Authority of India (SAI) base in Gandhinagar.
There was pop music, British Jamaican reggae, Punjabi Bhangra, Asian crossover music, Apache Indian, and local bands presenting their hit numbers producing sounds that are part of a multi-cultural society like Birmingham, at the closing ceremony on Monday evening.
India won 10 medals in weightlifting, containing three gold, three silver and four bronze awards.