Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the things that are common in all the athletes going to Tokyo Olympics are their boldness, confidence, positivity, discipline, dedication and competitiveness. He said, this is also the reflection of New India. He was interacting with Tokyo Olympics contingent of India today. Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anurag Thakur and Law Minister Kiren Rijiju were also present on the occasion.
Mr Modi said, boldness and calmness are the qualities that Indian players possess and the new India is also based on boldness, calmness and unity. He added that 135 crore Indians are supporting players participating in Tokyo Olympics. People from across the nation are cheering their favourite players through NamoApp.
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. Mr Modi said, a committee was formed for Olympics a few years back. All players are getting trained with the best quality equipment and international exposure.
In the informal and spontaneous interaction, the Prime Minister motivated the athletes and thanked their families for their sacrifice.
Talking to archer Deepika Kumari, Mr Modi termed her journey as special. He said, the nation is talking about her after her feat in Paris and she is world number one now. Deepika Kumari said, she started her journey with a bamboo bow and then moved to a modern bow gradually.
Boxer Mary Kom shared how her children support her in pursuing boxing. She encourages her children to stay brave and fight these COVID times bravely. Archer Pravin Jadhav said that he and his family struggled financially, but he did not let it deter him from his goal of becoming a world-class sportsman.
Badminton player P. V. Sindhu shared how a diet plays a crucial role in the life of an athlete and how she has to control her craving for ice cream. Sprinter Dutee Chand shared that she always wanted to win medals for her country, so despite challenges, she overcame them all to fulfil her dreams.
The Prime Minister asked shooter Elavenil Valarivan why she got interested in the sport. On a personal note, he talked to the shooter who was raised in Ahmedabad, in Gujarati. He talked to shooter Saurabh Chaudhary about the role of yoga in improving concentration and mental poise. The Prime Minister asked the veteran table tennis player Sharath Kamal about the difference between the previous and this Olympics and learned about the impact of the pandemic on the occasion. He asked how wrestler Vinesh Phogat copes up with the heightened expectations due to her family legacy.
With tennis player Saina Mirza, the Prime Minister remarked about the increasing popularity of Tennis and asked the senior player for her advice to the new aspirants. Sania Mirza said that India is witnessing a self-belief in recent years and that will reflect in the performance.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur thanked the officials including coaching staff and support staff for their hard work with the athletes. He said, Sports Ministry has not left any stone unturned to support athletes.