Ahmedabad: Describing the success of sportspersons directly related to the development of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the 36th National Games said that in the last eight years, by eradicating corruption and familism from sports, the youth have been instilled about their dreams. Describing sports as the source of energy for the youth of the country, Prime Minister Modi also said that the victories of the players and their strong performance paves the way for the country’s victory in other fields as well.
He said, “The country had the ability to show this potential in the world of sports and this victory campaign could have started earlier also but professionalism and corruption had replaced professionalism in sports. We also cleaned the system and instilled confidence among the youth about their dreams.
Inaugurating the National Games from September 30 to October 12 in various cities of Gujarat in a grand program at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Modi said, “This scene, this picture, this atmosphere is beyond words. World’s largest The stadium, such a young country in the world and the biggest sports festival of the country, when the event is so unique, its energy will be such extraordinary.
He said, “More than 7000 athletes and more than 15,000 participants from 36 states of the country, participation of more than 35000 colleges, universities and schools and direct association of more than 50 lakh students with National Games is unprecedented. Will act as a new launching pad for all.
He said, ‘The progress of any country, its honor is directly related to its success in sports. The leadership of the nation is given by the youth of the country and sports is the main source of energy of that youth, for building his life. Most of the countries in the world that are at the top in development and economy also top the medal tally of sports.
Prime Minister Modi said, ‘The victory of the players in the field of play, their strong performance paves the way for the victory of the country in other fields as well. The soft power of sports makes the image of the country much better. In the nectar of independence, the country has started the construction of New India with this zeal. Once upon a time, sports were covered for years only on the subject of general knowledge, but now the mood has changed, the mood is new and the atmosphere is new.
He said, “The series of first and best that has started from 2014, the youth has also maintained it in sports. Till eight years ago, players from India used to participate in less than a hundred international events but now they are participating in more than 300. The number of medals of India is also increasing and the strength is also increasing.
He said that today efforts like Fit India and Khelo India have become a mass movement and the sports budget of the country has increased by about 70 percent in the last eight years. Urging the players to play with the spirit of the game regardless of victory or loss, he said, ‘I want to give one more mantra to all of you players. If you want to win ‘competition’ then you have to learn to live in ‘commitment’ and ‘continuity’. Do not consider defeat as the last and make sportsmanship a part of life.
Appreciating the National Games mascot ‘Sawaj’, he said, “The National Games mascot, by displaying the Gir lions, shows the fearlessness of the youth of India. It is also a symbol of India’s potential in the global arena.
For the first time Indian sports like Kalariapattu and Yogasan are also a part of National Games. Mentioning them specifically, the Prime Minister said, “Sports has been a part of India’s civilization and culture for thousands of years. Now Indian sports like Kalariapattu and Yogasan are also getting importance. I want to tell the players of these sports that in the coming time when these sports will get global recognition, then your name will be taken in these fields.
CREDIT: Hunt Daily News