The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi felicitated the Indian contingent for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 in New Delhi. The facilitation was attended by both athletes and their coaches. Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Nisith Pramanik were among those present.
The Prime Minister congratulated the players and coaches for their stupendous performance at the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham, where India bagged 22 Gold, 16 Silver and 23 Bronze medals in various disciplines. The Prime Minister welcomed the athletes and coaches and expressed immense pride in the accomplishments of India’s athletes at CWG 2022. The PM said that it is a matter of pride that due to the splendid hard work of the sportspersons, the country is entering into the Azadi ka Amrit Kaal with an inspiring achievement.
The Prime Minister highlighted that in the last few weeks, the country has accomplished two major achievements in the field of sports. Along with the historic performance in the Commonwealth Games, the country has organized the Chess Olympiad for the first time. Addressing the athletes, the Prime Minister said “while all of you were competing in Birmingham, crores of Indians were keeping awake till late night here in India, watching your every action. Many people used to sleep with alarms set up so that they remained updated on the performances.” The Prime Minister said as per his promise at the time of the contingent’s send-off that we are celebrating victory today.
Highlighting the great performance, the Prime Minister remarked that numbers do not reflect the entire story as many medals were missed by the narrowest possible margins which will soon be rectified by the determined players. He said that India has found a new way of winning in 4 new games as compared to last time. From lawn bowls to athletics, the athletes have performed phenomenally. With this performance, the trend of youth towards new sports in the country is going to increase a lot, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister also highlighted the achievements of the daughters of India in boxing, judo, wrestling and their domination in the CWG 2022. He said 31 medals came from the players who were making their debut indicating the growing confidence of the youth.
The Prime Minister said that the athletes have strengthened the resolve of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ not just by gifting a medal to the country, but also by giving the opportunity to celebrate and to be proud. The Prime Minister added the athletes inspire the youth of the country to do better not only in sports but also in other sectors. “You weave the country in unity of thought and goal that was also one the great strength of our freedom struggle”, he said. Mentioning the galaxy of freedom fighters, the Prime Minister said that despite the variance in methods, they all had the common goal of independence. Similarly, our players enter the arena for the prestige of the country. The Prime Minister mentioned that the power of the Tricolour was seen in Ukraine where it had become a protective shield not only for Indians but also for the citizens of other countries in getting out of the battlefield.
The Prime Minister expressed happiness upon the players who emerged out of the Khelo India stage and had done extremely well on the international stage. He also mentioned the positive effect of TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) which was now being seen. The Prime Minister highlighted the need to intensify our efforts to discover new talent and take them to the podium. “We have a responsibility to create a sports ecosystem that is globally excellent, inclusive, diverse and dynamic. No talent should be left behind”, he stressed. The Prime Minister also acknowledged the role of coaches, sports administrators and support staff in the success of the players.
The Prime Minister urged the athletes to prepare well for the upcoming Asian Games and Olympics. On the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister requested the athletes and their coaches to encourage children by visiting 75 schools, and educational institutions in the country, last year. The Prime Minister said that a lot of sportspersons had taken up this work and fulfilled it under the 'Meet the Champion' campaign. He also urged them to carry this campaign forward as the youth of the nation looks toward the athletes as role models. The Prime Minister said that “your growing recognition, capability and acceptance should be utilised for the younger generation of the country.” The Prime Minister concluded his address by congratulating the athletes on their ‘Vijay Yatra’ and wished them the very best for future endeavours.
The facilitation by the Prime Minister is a part of his continuous endeavour to motivate athletes that represent India in major sporting events. Last year, the Prime Minister interacted with the Indian athletes’ contingent bound for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Indian para-athletes’ contingent for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Even during the Commonwealth Games 2022, the Prime Minister took a keen interest in the athletes' progress and congratulated them on their success and sincere efforts, while motivating them to do better.
The CWG 2022 was held in Birmingham from 28th July till 08th August 2022. A total of 215 athletes participated in 141 events across 19 sporting disciplines, where India bagged 22 Gold, 16 Silver and 23 Bronze medals in various disciplines.
बीते कुछ हफ्तों में देश ने खेल के मैदान में 2 बड़ी उपलब्धियां हासिल की हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
कॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स में ऐतिहासिक प्रदर्शन के साथ-साथ देश ने पहली बार Chess Olympiad का आयोजन किया है: PM @narendramodi
आप सभी तो वहां मुकाबला कर रहे थे, लेकिन यहां करोड़ों भारतीय रतजगा कर रहे थे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
देर रात तक आपके हर एक्शन, हर मूव पर देशवासियों की नज़र थी।
बहुत से लोग अलार्म लगाकर सोते थे कि आपके प्रदर्शन का अपडेट लेंगे: PM @narendramodi during interaction with CWG 2022 contingent
पिछली बार की तुलना में इस बार हमने 4 नए खेलों में जीत का नया रास्ता बनाया है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
लॉन बाउल्स से लेकर एथलेटिक्स तक, अभूतपूर्व प्रदर्शन रहा है।
इस प्रदर्शन से देश में नए खेलों के प्रति युवाओं का रुझान बहुत बढ़ने वाला है: PM @narendramodi
बॉक्सिंग हो, जूडो हो, कुश्ती हो, जिस प्रकार बेटियों ने डॉमिनेट किया, वो अद्भुत है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
आप सभी देश को सिर्फ एक मेडल नहीं देते, सेलिब्रेट करने का, गर्व करने का अवसर ही नहीं देते, बल्कि ‘एक भारत, श्रेष्ठ भारत’ की भावना को भी सशक्त करते हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
आप खेल में ही नहीं, बाकी सेक्टर में भी देश के युवाओं को बेहतर करने के लिए प्रेरित करते हैं: PM @narendramodi
तिरंगे की ताकत क्या होती है, ये हमने कुछ समय पहले ही यूक्रेन में देखा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
तिरंगा युद्धक्षेत्र से बाहर निकलने में भारतीयों का ही नहीं, बल्कि दूसरे देशों के लोगों के लिए भी सुरक्षा कवच बन गया था: PM @narendramodi
मुझे खुशी है कि खेलो इंडिया के मंच से निकले अनेक खिलाड़ियों ने इस बार बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन किया है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
TOPS का भी पॉजिटिव प्रभाव देखने को मिल रहा है।
नए टैलेंट की खोज और उनको पोडियम तक पहुंचाने के हमारे प्रयासों को हमें और तेज़ करना है: PM @narendramodi
पिछली बार मैंने आपसे देश के 75 स्कूलों, शिक्षण संस्थानों में जाकर बच्चों को प्रोत्साहित करने का आग्रह किया था।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 13, 2022
'मीट द चैंपियन' अभियान के तहत अनेक साथियों ने व्यस्तताओं के बीच ये काम किया भी है।
इस अभियान को जारी रखें: PM @narendramodi