New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Khelo India University Games today in Odisha via video link. Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said today is not just the beginning of a tournament but the beginning of the next phase of the sports movement in India. “Here you are not only competing with each other, but also with yourself,” Modi said to the participants and players.
“I am connected with you through technology, but I can experience the atmosphere, the enthusiasm, the passion, and the energy there. The first Khelo India University Games in India’s history are starting today in Odisha. This is a historic moment in India’s sports history. It is also a big step for the future of India’s sports,” said Prime Minister Modi.
The PM added that the Khelo India campaign has played an important role in increasing interest towards sports and recognition of young talent in every corner of the country. When the Khelo India Games started in the year 2018, 3,500 players took part. But in just 3 years the number of players has almost doubled to more than 6 thousand.
“This year, Khelo India School Games has broken 80 records. Out of which 56 records have been in the names of our daughters. Our daughters have won, our daughters have done wonders. The important thing is that the talent coming up under this campaign is not from the big city, but from small towns,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister mentioned that since the past 5-6 years sincere efforts have been made for the promotion and participation of sports in India. Transparency is being promoted in identification of talent, training, and the selection process.
“These are the players who are likely to take part in the Tokyo Olympics. The players benefiting from this scheme have given more than 200 medals to the country in several sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Para Games, and Youth Olympics. In the coming days, the goal is to win more than 200 gold medals, and more importantly to improve your own performance and to give new heights to your own potential,” said Modi.
Watch Prime Minister Modi’s address at the Khelo India University Games 2020:
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