New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating the first Khelo India School Games here at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, said that the initiative is not only about winning medals, but also an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more.
The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grassroots level and make India a sporting nation.
Addressing the gathering at the launch of the inaugural event of Khelo India School Games, Prime Minister Modi said that sports are a significant means of personal development and that it should occupy a central place in the lives of the youth.
“Khelo India is not only about winning medals, he said. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more, he explained. We want to focus on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation”, Prime Minister Modi said.
“Sports should occupy a central place in the lives of our youth. Sports is an important means of personality development. In your busy schedules, devote time to games…give priority to playing. Today we have in our midst eminent sportspersons. I am sure they would have faced many obstacles but they did not give up and went on to distinguish themselves”, he added.
Prime Minister Modi further said it is gladdening to see youngsters from rural India and smaller cities excelling as sportspersons, adding that the Government of India wants to provide support to such youngsters.
“Those who love sports play for passion, not for monetary rewards. This is why athletes are special. When an Indian sportsperson wins and when he or she gets to hold the Tricolour, it is an extremely special feeling and it energises the entire nation”, Prime Minister Modi added.
In keeping with Prime Minister Modi’s vision, Khelo India is expected to help scout young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions.
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