Hon’ble Prime Minister declares 36th National Games open in Ahmedabad
October 03, 2022
“Savaj, the Asiatic lion mascot reflects the mood of fearless participation among India’s youth”
Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the 36th National Games open in Ahmedabad on 29th September 2022. The event took place at Narendra Modi stadium where the Hon’ble Prime Minister addressed all the athletes who are taking part in the National Games.
The event was also graced by the presence of Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupender Patel; Governor of Gujarat, Shri Acharya Devvrat; Union Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur; Member of Parliament Shri C R Patil; Home Minister of Gujarat Shri Harsh Sanghvi and Mayor of Ahmedabad, Shri Kirit Parmar.
While addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister was elated by the exhilarating atmosphere and energy of the grand event. This 36th edition of the National Games will include more than 7000 athletes, 15000 participants, 35000 colleges, and several other schools and universities.
The Prime Minister addressed the event by saying, “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”. He also recited the keywords of the National Games Anthem ‘Judega India - Jeetega India’ and encouraged everyone present at the stadium. The Prime Minister praised the capabilities of the people of Gujarat who organised such a grand event at such short notice.
Savaj, the Asiatic lion, has been chosen as the official mascot for National Games 2022. The Prime Minister said that the mascot reflects the mood of India’s youth and their passion for fearless entry into the sporting arena. It also symbolizes the spirit of rising India on a global landscape.
The landscape of sports has changed in India, in his speech. Events like Fit India and Khelo India have become a mass movement in the country which has encouraged the youth to come forward. He also informed that the sports budget of the country has also increased by about 70 percent in the last 8 years.
The Prime Minister was delighted to see Indian sports like ‘Kalaripayattu’ or ‘Yogasan’ as a part of the National Games. He said that sports have always been an important part of India’s legacy and growth journey for more than a thousand years. He said, “In the Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal, the country is reviving this tradition with pride in its heritage.”
While concluding the address, the Prime Minister interacted with the players and shared with them “If you want to win the competition, then you have to learn to live with commitment and continuity, and victory or defeat should never be considered as the final outcome. 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 instil new confidence in the future.”
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