Rio-2016 Olympics are more than winning, losing: PM Narendra Modi at ‘Run for Rio’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning flagged off ‘Run for Rio’, a running event held before the beginning of the Rio Olympics 2016. The event is being held to demonstrate to Indian athletes that the whole country is proud of them and wishing them the best in the forthcoming games and also to connect the public at large, especially children and youth, with the Olympic spirit and power of sports, Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who is personally supervising the preparations, had said in a statement earlier. The prime minister preceded the flagging off of the run with a short speech encouraging and inspiring the young students participating in the event. “Zyadatar khel ka moolyankan jeet aur haar mein simat jaata hai, khel ka mulyankan jeet aur haar mein nahi sameta jaa sakta hai (Most of the times, we equate games with either winning or losing. Games are much more than that),” PM Modi said. Around 20,000 school children are participating in the run, which commenced from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. “Khel, khilaadi joojhne ke liye tayar hota hai,poori taakat se desh ke samman ke liye joojhta rehta hai,yahi uski sabse badi kasauti hoti hai (In a game, players are ready to face the struggles with all their strength, especially to uphold the dignity of the nation),” he said.Wishing the athletes of the Rio Olympics luck, Modi said: “Every player has worked hard to get here. They will surely give their best.” He also said he hoped even more players and athletes are able to reach the 2020 Olympics and that the international event sees even more representation from India. “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,” he added. “When the 2020 games take place, let every district affirm that one athlete from our district will represent India at those games.”
The Sports minister Vijay Goel had also said that an Olympic exhibition and a food park are also being planned in collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Corporation. While the exhibition is being planned at Central Park, the food park is expected to come up at BKS Marg, in front of the state emporiums.

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