Govt striving to host 2036 Olympic Games, make India global sports ecosystem hub
Subhasish Mitra (Wide Angle)
The Government is striving to host the 2036 Olympic Games, providing international exposure to sports persons and making India the hub of global sports ecosystem.
In the last 10 years, the government brought reforms, sportspersons performed and the entire sports scene transformed.
India achieved its best performance in Tokyo and Paralympics, created history in Asian games and Asian Para games.
Inaugurating the Khelo India Youth Games 2023, Prime Minister Narendra 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.
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.
Durimg the last 10 years, the government has been working on 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.
PM Modi said so many sportspersons from Tamil Nadu are 'doing wonders' in sports.
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.