After launching the “Khelo India School Games”, Prime Minister Narender Modi, addressing the gathering, said, “Sports should occupy a central place in the lives of our youth. Sports are an important means of personality development.”
He exhorted youngsters to devote time to games. Referring to the eminent sportspersons present in the gathering, he said they too would have faced many obstacles; but they did not give up and went on to distinguish themselves. The Prime Minister asserted that India does not lack sporting talent. He added that we are a youthful nation and we can do even better in sports.
Explaining the significance of India growing on the world stage, he said this does not only mean having a strong army and powerful economy. It includes people of India distinguishing themselves as scientists, artists, sportspersons, etc. He expressed confidence that India will scale these heights, adding that he trusts India’s youth.
Shri Narendra Modi said it is gladdening to see youngsters from rural India and smaller cities excelling as sportspersons. These are also youngsters who need support, which the Government wants to provide, he added.
Those who love sports play for passion, not for monetary rewards, the Prime Minister said. This is why athletes are special, he added. When an Indian sportsperson wins and when he or she gets to hold the Tricolour, it is an extremely special feeling and it energizes the entire nation, the Prime Minister said.