New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian contingent bound for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 today via video conferencing. The interaction was attended by both athletes as well as their coaches. Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur, MoS YAS Nisith Pramanik and Secretary, Sports Sujata Chaturvedi were also present.
The Prime Minister wished the Indian contingent for Commonwealth Games on International Chess Day today. The Chess Olympiad is taking place from 28th July in Tamil Nadu. He wished them for making India proud, as their predecessors did before. He informed that more than 65 athletes are participating in Commonwealth for the first time and he wished them to make a tremendous impact. He advised them to “play with all your heart, play hard, play with full force and will play without any stress”.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister enquired from Avinash Sable, an athlete from Maharashtra, about his life experience of coming from Maharashtra and working in the Indian Army in Siachen. He said that he got to learn a lot from his 4 years stint in the Indian Army. He said that discipline and training he received from the Indian Army would help him shine in whichever field he would go.
During his inaugural address Union Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur highlighted PM Modi’s vision and initiatives towards sports.
India is the only country where the Prime Minister personally motivates and interacts with the athletes ahead of any games.
Commonwealth Games will be taking place from July 28, 2022 to August 8, 2022 in Birmingham. A contingent of 215 athletes will represent India in 141 events across 19 sporting disciplines.