Govt striving to host 2036 Olympic Games, provide international exposure to sports persons, making India the hub of global sports ecosystem: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the Government is striving to host the 2036 Olympic Games, provide international exposure to sports persons and making India the hub of global sports ecosystem. Inaugurating the Khelo India Youth Games 2023, Mr. Modi said that in the last 10 years, the Government has ended the 'games in sports' alluding to allegations of corruption and irregularities related to sports, during the UPA regime.

In the last 10 years, the ‘government brought reforms, sportspersons performed and the entire sports scene transformed,’ he said. India achieved its best performance in Tokyo and Paralympics, created history in Asian games and Asian Para games. Mr. Modi said, so many sportspersons from Tamil Nadu are 'doing wonders' in sports.

Asserting that making India a top sporting nation is the nation's aspiration, the Prime Minister said big sports events need to be held on a regular basis for that to happen. Initiatives like Khelo India is fulfilling the dreams of youth belonging to poor, Adivasi and lower middle class families. The Prime Minister said Sports is not confined to the ground, but by itself is an economy. He said that he has given a 'guarantee' to make India the third largest economy and the effort is to ensure that the contribution of 'sports economy' increases.

In the last 10 years, the government is developing other sectors allied to sports. Sports equipment manufacturing and servicing ecosystem are also being promoted. The sports infrastructure being created as part of Khelo India is also becoming a medium for employment.

Welcoming the participants, the Prime Minister remarked that they were together ‘showcasing the true spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ and said that for Indian sports, ‘the Youth Games is a great way to start the new year 2024’. In a spirit of brotherhood, sports persons from Manipur were recently trained in Chennai and some of them are taking part in the Khelo India Games.

Mr. Modi launched and laid foundation stone for projects related to the broadcasting sector worth about 250 crore rupees. On the occasion, Prime Minister Modi also launched 'DD Tamil,' the revamped version of the regional language Doordarshan channel DD Podhigai. Mr. Modi is on a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu during which he will worship in temples in the state before he reaches Ayodhya for the Ram Mandir consecration on the 22nd of January.

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