PM Modi reviews preparations for Olympics; Says, sports is at heart of country’s national character

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, Sports is at the heart of a country’s national character. He said, youth are creating a strong and vibrant culture of sports. Chairing a meeting to review preparations for the Olympics, Mr Modi saïd, the wishes of 135 crore Indians will be with the nation’s youngsters who are participating in the Olympics.

He emphasised that from vaccination to training facilities, every need of sportspersons must be fulfilled on top priority. The Prime Minister said, for every young sportsperson shining on the global stage, a thousand more will be inspired to take up sports. Mr Modi said, he will be connecting with Olympics contingent through a video conference in July, to encourage them and assure them that a proud nation stands with them.

The Prime Minister was briefed that a total of 100 athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics across 11 sports disciplines. Twenty five more athletes are likely to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, details of which will emerge by the end of June. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and senior officials of the sports ministry were present in the meeting.