National Sports Day: PM Modi calls for taking India to new sporting heights

New Delhi: PM Modi called for taking sports in India to a new high and called for sporting competitions to be held everywhere in his radio program Mann Ki Baat, as he addressed the nation on National Sports Day on Sunday.
National Sports Day is observed on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. “Dhyanchandi ji’s whole life was dedicated to sports. The enthusiasm towards sports that is visible in the country today, which is the biggest tribute to him,” the Prime Minister said.
“Olympics had a huge impact… Paralympics is going on. In this sporting world, whatever we achieved might be less compared to other countries, but it is enough to fill us with confidence,” Modi said.
“Sports and sportsman’s spirit is not going to fade away. We need to keep rejuvenating this energy… our grounds should be full of players. I talked about ‘sabka prayas’ (united efforts) in my Independence Day speech… With united efforts, India will achieve great heights in sports which we deserve,” Modi said.
“We should move ahead on the path shown by Major Dhyanchand,” the Prime Minister said adding that the momentum should be sustained.
India won seven medals at the recent Tokyo Olympics, with Neeraj Chopra winning gold in Javelin Throw, India’s first-ever track-and-field medal.
On Sunday, in her Paralympics debut, table tennis player Bhavina Patel won silver in the women’s singles class 4, also taking home India’s first medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.