PM Modi said that when talent, dedication, determination and sportsmanship come together, you get a champion. Athletes in our country come from small towns, villages and districts.
Milkha Singh’s life is an inspiration to everyone. (File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told in his Mann Ki Baat program on Sunday how he was inspired by track legend Milkha Singh. Along with this, he also talked about the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The Prime Minister said that we are talking about Tokyo Olympics, so how can one forget about a great athlete like Milkha Singh. Few days back we lost Milkha Singh as he lost his battle with COVID-19. The Prime Minister said that when he was in the hospital, I had the opportunity to talk to him.
While talking to him, I had urged him that you had represented India in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, so this time when our players are going to Tokyo for the Olympics, you have to boost the morale of our athletes. The Prime Minister said that Milkha Singh was devoted to the game and hence he accepted my point, but unfortunately destiny had something else. I still remember that he came to Surat in 2014 and we inaugurated a night marathon. At that time we talked about sports and I was really inspired by them. We all know that Milkha Singh’s entire family is dedicated towards sports.
While talking to him I had requested him that you represented India in Tokyo Olympics in 1964, so this time when our players are going to Tokyo for Olympics, you have to boost the morale of our athletes: PM https://t .co/iOIt3vr1kL
– ANI_HindiNews (HAHindinews) June 27, 2021
Tokyo Olympics will be held from 23 July to 8 August this year
The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to be held last year, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now be held from July 23 to August 8 this year. Milkha Singh lost his battle with Corona last week and his death was mourned across the world. Milkha was 91 years old. Talking further about the Olympics, PM Modi said that when talent, dedication, determination and sportsmanship come together, you get a champion. Athletes in our country come from small towns, villages and districts. All our Olympic-going athletes can be seen as an inspiration.
Olympic-going athlete National hero
Earlier, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju had reiterated that India’s Olympic-going athletes are national heroes and also urged people to support these sportspersons like they give to cricketers in the country. The number of Indian athletes participating in the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has seen a steady increase for the last three times.
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