The Prime Minister congratulated all medal winners, and complimented those who could not win medals but performed creditably.
He said that accomplishments in the sporting arena inspire everyone. He told the medal winners that their sporting feats have raised India’s stature. He said that whenever an Indian sportsperson wins on the global sporting stage, it is the Indian flag that rises.
The Prime Minister also said that today, the life of a sports person can span several decades. In this context, he gave the example of Mary Kom, who is winning gold medals even as she is Member of Parliament. He also mentioned Pullela Gopichand, who is mentoring and coaching many different players, after an immensely successful career as a player.
PM Modi said that besides talent, training, concentration and hard work, mental toughness is also important for sportspersons today. In this context, he mentioned the benefits of Yoga.
The Prime Minister urged the sportspersons to remember, and keep in touch with the various Gurus, mentors and teachers, who have guided them right from childhood.
Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present on the occasion.