The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi declared the 36th National Games open at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad today. During the event, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the world-class “Swarnim Gujarat Sports University” in Desar. The Prime Minister also addressed the athletes from across the country who are taking part in the National Games.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister exclaimed that the exhilarating atmosphere at the inauguration of the National Games is beyond words. He remarked that the feeling and energy of such a grand event are beyond words. More than 7000 athletes, more than 15000 participants, more than 35000 colleges, universities and schools and the direct connection of more than 50 lakh students with the National Games is amazing and unprecedented, he exclaimed. “At the world's largest stadium, such a young country in the world, and the biggest sports festival in the country! When the event is so wonderful and unique, its energy ought to be so extraordinary”, the Prime Minister remarked. He recited the Key Words of the National Games Anthem ‘Judega India - Jeetega India’ to the rousing accompaniment of everyone present in the stadium. He said that the confidence shining on the face of athletes is a precursor of the coming golden age of Indian sports. He also praised the capability of the people of Gujarat for organizing such a grand event at such short notice.
Recalling the grand drone show that took place in Ahmedabad yesterday, the Prime Minister said that everyone is astonished and proud to see such a spectacle. “Such careful use of technology, like a drone, will take Gujarat, India to new heights, '' the Prime Minister added. Remarking on the official mascot for the National Games 2022 is Savaj, the Asiatic lion, the Prime Minister said that the mascot reflects the mood of India’s youth, a passion for fearless entry into the sporting arena. This is also a symbol of rising India in a global scenario, he said.
Speaking about the uniqueness of the stadium, the Prime Minister said that while other complexes are limited to only a few sports facilities, Sardar Patel Sports Complex has facilities for many sports like Football, Hockey, Basketball, Kabaddi, Boxing and Lawn Tennis. “In a way, it is a model for the whole country. When infrastructure is of this standard, the morale of the athletes also soars”, the Prime Minister added. Urging the players who are participating in the National Games to enjoy the Navratri event in the state, the Prime Minister said that festivities go beyond the worship of Maa Durga and the joyous celebrations of Garba take place as well. “It has its own identity”, Shri Modi added.
The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of sports in national life. “The victory of the players in the field of play, their strong performance, also paves the way for the victory of the country in other fields. The soft power of sports enhances the country's identity and image manifold.” He continued “I often tell my friends related to sports - Success starts with action! That is, the moment you start, the very moment success also starts. If you have not abandoned the spirit of moving, then victory keeps chasing you”.
Highlighting the progress made in the field of sports, the Prime Minister said that 8 years ago, players from India used to participate in less than a hundred international events. On the contrary, the number of international events that players from India participate in has gone up to 300 now. “8 years ago the players of India used to go to play 20-25 games. Now players from India go to participate in about 40 different sports. Number of medals as well as India’s aura are increasing today”, the Prime Minister added.
Even during the difficult period of Corona, the Prime Minister said that the morale of the sports persons was not allowed to ebb. “We worked for sports with a sports spirit. Prepared in mission mode for years through schemes like TOPS. Today, from the success of the big players to the future creation of the new players, TOPS is playing a big role.” He recalled that India gave its best Olympics performance this year at Tokyo Olympics. Similarly, the Thomas Cup victory by the badminton team brought fresh cheers. He also praised the achievement of para-athletes in various international events. He expressed happiness on the equal and strong participation of female athletes in this resurgence.
The Prime Minister pointed out that this success was possible earlier but sports in India was marred by corruption and nepotism, instead of the required professionalism. “We cleaned that and raised confidence in the youth for their dreams”, he said. Remarking on the new India that does not believe only in mere policy-making, but also moves forward in tandem with the youth of the nation, the Prime Minister pointed out efforts like Fit India and Khelo India that have become a mass movement. The Prime Minister said that the sports budget of the country has increased by almost 70 per cent in the last 8 years. This has led to more and more resources being made available to the players which help in creating more and more opportunities for the players. The Prime Minister remarked that sports universities are being set up in the nation, and advanced sports infrastructures are being erected in every nook and corner of the country. Shri Modi further added that efforts are also being made to make the lives of retired players easier. Work is also being done in this direction so that the new generation can benefit from the experiences of the retiring players.
Throwing light on the history of India's civilization and culture, the Prime Minister said that Sports have been a part of India’s legacy and growth journey for thousands of years. “In the Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal, the country is reviving this tradition with pride in its heritage.” The Prime Minister further added that the efforts and enthusiasm of the country are not limited to just one sport, but Indian sports like 'Kalaripayattu' and Yogasan are also gaining importance. “I am glad that these games have been included in big events like National Games”, he continued. To the players who are representing these sports here, the Prime Minister said “I want to say one thing in particular. you on the one side, are carrying forward the thousands of years old tradition, while at the same time giving leadership to the future of the sports world. In the coming time when these games will get global recognition, then your name will be taken as legends in these fields.”
In concluding the address, the Prime Minister spoke directly to the players and shared a mantra with them. He said, “If you want to win the competition, then you have to learn to live commitment and continuity.” Speaking of the sports spirit, the Prime Minister pointed out that defeat and victory in sports should never be considered the final outcome. Shri Modi further added that the dreams of a young country like India can be realised if the sports spirit becomes a part of your life. “You have to remember, where there is movement, there is progress”, Shri Modi added. “You have to maintain this momentum off the ground as well. This pace should be the mission of your life. I am sure, your victory in the National Games will give the nation a chance to celebrate, and will also instill new confidence in the future” the Prime Minister concluded.
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Governor of Gujarat, Shri Acharya Devvrat, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Member of Parliament, Shri C R Patil, Home Minister of Gujarat, Shri Harsh Sanghavi and Mayor of Ahmedabad, Shri Kirit Parmar were those present on the occasion.
National Games are being held in the state of Gujarat for the very first time. It will be organised from 29th September to 12th October 2022. Nearly 15,000 sportspersons, coaches, and officials from across the country will be participating in 36 sports disciplines, making it the biggest National Games ever. The sporting events will be organised in six cities of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Under the leadership of the then Chief Minister and the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat embarked on the journey to create a robust sports infrastructure of international standards, which helped the state to prepare for the games in a very short span of time.
विश्व का सबसे बड़ा स्टेडियम,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
विश्व का इतना युवा देश,
और देश का सबसे बड़ा खेल उत्सव!
जब आयोजन इतना अद्भुत और अद्वितीय हो, तो उसकी ऊर्जा ऐसी ही असाधारण होगी: PM @narendramodi begins his speech as he declares open the National Games
कल अहमदाबाद में जिस तरह का शानदार, भव्य ड्रोन शो हुआ, वो देखकर तो हर कोई अचंभित है, गर्व से भरा हुआ है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
टेक्नोलॉजी का ऐसा सधा हुआ इस्तेमाल, ड्रोन की तरह ही गुजरात को, भारत को नई ऊंचाई पर ले जाएगा: PM @narendramodi https://t.co/U8FmoPybti
सरदार पटेल स्पोर्ट्स कॉम्प्लेक्स में फुटबाल, हॉकी, बास्केटबॉल, कबड्डी, बॉक्सिंग और लॉन टेनिस जैसे अनेकों खेलों की सुविधा एक साथ उपलब्ध है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
ये एक तरह से पूरे देश के लिए एक मॉडल है: PM @narendramodi
इस समय नवरात्रि का पावन अवसर भी चल रहा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
गुजरात में माँ दुर्गा की उपासना से लेकर गरबा तक, यहाँ की अपनी अलग ही पहचान है।
जो खिलाड़ी दूसरे राज्यों से आए हैं, उनसे मैं कहूंगा कि खेल के साथ ही यहां नवरात्रि आयोजन का भी आनंद जरूर लीजिये: PM @narendramodi
खेल के मैदान में खिलाड़ियों की जीत, उनका दमदार प्रदर्शन, अन्य क्षेत्रों में देश की जीत का भी रास्ता बनाता है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
स्पोर्ट्स की सॉफ्ट पावर, देश की पहचान को, देश की छवि को कई गुना ज्यादा बेहतर बना देती है: PM @narendramodi
मैं स्पोर्ट्स के साथियों को अक्सर कहता हूँ- Success starts with action!— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
यानी, आपने जिस क्षण शुरुआत कर दी, उसी क्षण सफलता की शुरुआत भी हो गई: PM @narendramodi
8 साल पहले तक भारत के खिलाड़ी, सौ से भी कम इंटरनेशनल इवेंट्स में हिस्सा लेते थे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
अब भारत के खिलाड़ी 300 से भी ज्यादा इंटरनेशनल इवेंट्स में शामिल होते हैं: PM @narendramodi
हमने स्पोर्ट्स स्पिरिट के साथ स्पोर्ट्स के लिए काम किया।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
TOPS जैसी योजनाओं के जरिए वर्षों तक मिशन मोड में तैयारी की।
आज बड़े-बड़े खिलाड़ियों की सफलता से लेकर नए खिलाड़ियों के भविष्य निर्माण तक, TOPS एक बड़ी भूमिका निभा रहा है: PM @narendramodi
आज फिट इंडिया और खेलो इंडिया जैसे प्रयास एक जन-आंदोलन बन गए हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
इसीलिए, आज खिलाड़ियों को ज्यादा से ज्यादा संसाधन भी दिए जा रहे हैं और ज्यादा से ज्यादा अवसर भी मिल रहे हैं।
पिछले 8 वर्षों में देश का खेल बजट करीब 70 प्रतिशत बढ़ा है: PM @narendramodi
अब देश के प्रयास और उत्साह केवल एक खेल तक सीमित नहीं है, बल्कि ‘कलारीपयट्टू’ और योगासन जैसे भारतीय खेलों को भी महत्व मिल रहा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
मुझे खुशी है कि इन खेलों को नेशनल गेम्स जैसे बड़े आयोजनों में शामिल किया गया है: PM @narendramodi
सभी खिलाड़ियों को मैं एक मंत्र और देना चाहता हूं...— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 29, 2022
अगर आपको competition जीतना है, तो आपको commitment और continuity को जीना सीखना होगा।
खेलों में हार-जीत को कभी भी हमें आखिरी नहीं मानना चाहिए।
ये स्पोर्ट्स स्पिरिट आपके जीवन का हिस्सा होना चाहिए: PM @narendramodi