PM also inaugurated world-class ‘Swarnim Gujarat Sports University’ in Desar.
Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday declared the 36th National Games open at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He also inaugurated the world-class “Swarnim Gujarat Sports University” in Desar and addressed the athletes from across the country who are taking part in the National Games.
The PM exclaimed that the exhilarating atmosphere at the inauguration of the National Games is beyond words. He remarked that the feeling and energy of such a grand event are beyond words. More than 7000 athletes, more than 15000 participants, more than 35000 colleges, universities and schools and the direct connection of more than 50 lakh students with the National Games is amazing and unprecedented.
“At the world’s largest stadium, such a young country in the world, and the biggest sports festival in the country. When the event is so wonderful and unique, its energy ought to be so extraordinary”, PM Modi said.
He recited the Key Words of the National Games Anthem ‘Judega India – Jeetega India’ to the rousing accompaniment of everyone present in the stadium. He said that the confidence shining on the face of athletes is a precursor of the coming golden age of Indian sports. He also praised the capability of the people of Gujarat for organizing such a grand event at such short notice.
The Prime Minister said that everyone is astonished and proud to see such a spectacle. “Such careful use of technology, like a drone, will take Gujarat, India to new heights,” the Prime Minister added. Remarking on the official mascot for the National Games 2022 is Savaj, the Asiatic lion, the Prime Minister said that the mascot reflects the mood of India’s youth, a passion for fearless entry into the sporting arena. This is also a symbol of rising India in a global scenario, he said.
Highlighting the progress made in the field of sports, the Prime Minister said that eight years ago, players from India used to participate in less than a hundred international events. On the contrary, the number of international events that players from India participate in has gone up to 300 now. “8 years ago the players of India used to go to play 20-25 games. Now players from India go to participate in about 40 different sports. Number of medals as well as India’s aura are increasing today”, the Prime Minister added.
He also spoke directly to the players and shared a mantra with them. He said, “If you want to win the competition, then you have to learn to live commitment and continuity.” Speaking of the sports spirit, the Prime Minister pointed out that defeat and victory in sports should never be considered the final outcome. Modi further added that the dreams of a young country like India can be realised if the sports spirit becomes a part of your life. “You have to remember, where there is movement, there is progress”, Modi added. “You have to maintain this momentum off the ground as well. This pace should be the mission of your life. I am sure, your victory in the National Games will give the nation a chance to celebrate, and will also instill new confidence in the future” the Prime Minister concluded.