On the evening of Monday 23rd December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the concluding function of the Khel Mahakumbh 2013. Shri Modi talked about the success of the Khel Mahakumbh in a remarkably short span of time. He described Khel Mahakumbh as an effort to find sporting talent from all over Gujarat, give them proper training so that they can shine on the field at various competitions. Shri Modi commented that Gujarat has succeeded in creating an environment in which Gujarat can produce good sportspersons. He shared that the Gujarat government is committed to focusing on harnessing the immense talent in the state’s sportspersons.
Shri Modi said that in order to create a healthy Gujarat, it is important to ensure that the children of Gujarat go out and play on the fields. He pointed that in initiatives such as Khel Mahakumbh, it is not only the athletes but also their families who join this event, which celebrates sports and sportsmanship. Shri Modi remarked that Gujarat has also succeeded in enhancing capacity building in sports.
Shri Modi talked about the participation of specially abled athletes and congratulated them for their efforts. He said that Gujarat is very proud of the specially abled athletes who won gold medals in Australia. Shri Modi shared that self-defense training for women has started and lot of women are joining the training.
Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, Shri Bhagyesh Jha among others were present on the occasion.