Prime Minister’s Office:
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with Indian athletes’ contingent bound for Tokyo Olympics today through video conference.
The interaction by the Prime Minister is an endeavour to motivate the athletes ahead of their participation at the games.
Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports; Shri Nisith Pramanik, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports and Shri Kiren Rijiju, Law Minister were also present on the occasion.
In an informal and spontaneous interaction, the Prime Minister motivated the athletes and thanked their families for their sacrifice.
While addressing the Indian athletes, the Prime Minister regretted the fact that he could not host the athletes due to the pandemic. He remarked that the pandemic has changed their practice and even the year of the Olympics.
He recalled his Mann ki Baat address when he exhorted the citizens to cheer for their sportspersons in the Olympics.
He noted the popularity of the Cheer4India. He said that the whole country is behind them and the blessings of all the countrymen are with them.
He informed that people can login to the NaMo app and cheer for their sportspersons where special provisions have been made for the purpose.
“These wishes of 135 crore Indians are the blessings of the country for all of you before entering the field of sports,” said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister noted common traits among the athletes i.e. Bold, Confident and Positive. He said that all the athletes have common factors of Discipline, Dedication and Determination.
The Prime Minister noted both commitment and competitiveness in the sportspersons. The same qualities are found in New India. Athletes reflect the New India and symbolizes the nation’s future.
He said all the athletes are a witness to how the country is standing with each of its players today with a new thinking and a new approach. Today your motivation is important for the country. He said that top priority has been given for the athletes to play freely, with their full potential and improve their game and technique. The Prime Minister noted the changes that have been brought in the recent years to support the sportspersons.
The Prime Minister said that efforts were made for the players to have better training camps and better equipment.
Today, more international exposure is also being provided to the players. He said that so many changes have happened in such a short time since sports related institutions have given priority to suggestions by the sportspersons.
He also expressed happiness that for the first time, such a large number of players have qualified for the Olympics. He said that campaigns like ‘Fit India’ and ‘Khelo India’ contributed to this.
He said for the first time, players from India are participating in so many sports. There are many sports in which India has qualified for the first time.
The Prime Minister said that seeing the confidence and energy of young India, he is optimistic that the day is not far when only victory will become New India’s habit. He advised players to give their best and asked the countrymen to “Cheer4India”
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