Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with athletes heading to the Indian Commonwealth Games ahead of the multi-sport event that runs from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, UK. A total of 215 Indian athletes participate in 141 events in 19 sports disciplines.
In a lighthearted interaction, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the athletes’ struggle, determination and determination as he urged them to forget about expectations and focus only on doing their best at CWG 2022. The Prime Minister said you must have heard the old dialogue, “Koi nhi hai takkar mein, kahan pade ho chakkar mein (No one can compete with you, why worry about that). You have to take this situation and play.”
As Prime Minister Modi said, “What you have to do, how to play. You are all experts in this. I will just say this – play with your heart, with all your might and without any tension.”
Among others, the Prime Minister spoke to 3000m hurdlers Avinash Sable, weightlifter Akinta Scioli, hockey player Salema Tite, cyclist David Beckham and Para-shooter Sharmila during a virtual interactive session.
Well aware of their back stories, Modi asked how the athletes overcame obstacles in their lives.
“I joined the Indian Army in 2012 and did normal duty for four years. After that I started Athletics. The Army’s hard training and hard deployment of Siachen Glacier helped me a lot during the competitions,” Sable said.
“In my case, there were a lot of hurdles, we have to go through hurdles similar to how to train the army like crawling.” The interaction was also attended by the likes of Olympic double medalist PV Sindhu, women’s hockey goalkeeper Savita Punia, Rio Games bronze medalist Sakshi Malik, BCCI head Sourav Ganguly, boxers Shiva Thapa and Sumit, and skateboarders Kedambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen.
– With PTI Input