Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has shown confidence in the Indian contingent that they will be able to put-up a grand show at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio Olympics 2016 are scheduled to start from the 7th of August, with the opening ceremony on the 6th.
Flagging off the “Run to Rio” event at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in the national capital, Modi exuded confidence that the Indian contingent would put up a grand show at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, which begins on August 7. Wishing the athletes of the Rio 2016 Olympics luck, PM Modi said, “Every player has worked hard to get here. They will surely give their best”. He also asserted that the 119 Indian athletes who have qualified for the Olympics have done so after a lot of trials, Modi said that they were not just there as individuals but as upholders of the pride of 125 crore Indians.
He also appealed to the Indian youth to focus on sports and put in more efforts so that the country can send more than 200 athletes to 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. “This time, 119 athletes have gone. Let’s resolve today itself that next time more than 200 athletes will go for the event,” Modi said. “Our athletes will win hearts the of the world and will show the world what India is about, I am sure about it,” also adding, “when the 2020 games take place, let every district affirm that one athlete from our district will represent India at those games”.
Indian PM Modi also informed that the Indian government has increased the budget, eight times from Rs 15 crore to around Rs 125 crore. He also informed that the amount spent on the training for each player ranges from Rs 30 lakhs to 150 lakhs. Beside, the PM was contended that the squad had been sent much before to the Olympics. He stated that the government has sent the players 15 days in advance as compared to previous practice of sending the players two days before the start of the Olympics event, leaving very little time for them to get acclimatized.