New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian sportspersons who are going to Birmingham to take part in the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022 on Wednesday. PM Modi urged all athletes not to worry and be ready to face their opponents with the mantra of “Kyu pade ho chakkar me koi nahi hai takkar me”.
The interaction occurred through video conferencing. The PM wished best luck to the participants in the multi-sport event and hoped for their success.
Today’s time is, in a way, the most important period in the history of Indian sports. Today, the spirit of players like you is also high, the training is also getting better and the atmosphere in the country towards sports is also tremendous. “You are all climbing new peaks, making new summits,” said PM Modi.
The Indian contingent is made up of 215 athletes who will represent the country across 19 sporting disciplines.
Many of the athletes present today have already represented India in other international sporting events. But for the athletes who are going on their maiden adventure, I wish them the best. “Prime Minister Modi stated, “I am sure the 65 athletes who are going to be participating in the Common Wealth Games for the first time will make a lasting mark in the world of sports.”
The Prime Minister spoke with athlete Avinash Sable, who competed in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, US. Sable shared his view with the Prime Minister that his time in the Indian army encouraged him to prepare for the steeplechase race.
Sable also shared his weight loss mantra with PM Modi and told him how he lost about 21 kg in just 3–4 months. All this happened due to support from his colleagues in the army. Avinash Sable finished 11th in the final of the men’s 3000 m steeplechase event at the World Athletics Championships, falling short of a podium finish.
Weightlifter Achinta Sheuli hai also interacted with the Prime Minister. PM Modi mentioned his cool nature while playing a sport that needs lots of strength. He further said that “yoga helps me to keep my brain calm.” I do it on a regular basis.
The upcoming CWG is set to start on July 28 and run until August 8. Indian athletes are fully prepared to bring a bagful of medals. Interaction with the Prime Minister will certainly increase their morale.