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Sportswoman ki baat: PM Narendra Modi praises Indian female athletes’ performance at Rio Olympics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also noted that India could not perform as per expectations in the Rio Olympics.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi |
August 29, 2016 2:19:38 am
Silver Jubilation Rio Games silver-medallist PV Sindhu before the Khel Ratna Award function in the national capital. Express Photo by Renuka Puri Rio Games silver-medallist PV Sindhu before the Khel Ratna Award function in the national capital. Express Photo by Renuka Puri

Two days after he announced setting up of a Task Force to boost India’s performance in future Olympic Games, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked states to set up similar committees to identify the games in which they can do better as he noted that India could not perform as per expectations in the Rio Olympics.

Addressing people in his 23rd edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, the Prime Minister urged all Sports Associations to undertake impartial brainstorming on the Games and asked them as well state governments and general public to send their suggestions to the central government on it on the Narendra Modi App, promising that the Task Force set up him will “go deep” into the issue.

The Prime Minister also hailed female power as he referred to Indian girls -like shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik bringing medals for the country from Rio. While Sindhu became the first-ever badminton player to play an Olympic final, Sakshi became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a medal at the Games.

Referring to remarks made by a number of citizens, who felt that the country’s performance in the recently-concluded Rio Olympics was not up to the mark, the Prime Minister said, “it cannot be denied that we could not perform according to our expectations. In certain cases, some of our players could not match even their domestic performance in Rio and we could get only two medals.”

The Prime Minister, however, also noted that this is also true that despite not getting medals, Indian sports persons performed very well in many games for the first time and and fell short of medals by small margin.

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“Like Abhinav Bindra in shooting and Dipa Karmakar in gymnastics, who stood fourth and missed medals by a narrow margin. We must not forget Dipa is the first Indian female athlete (gymnast) to qualify for Olympic finals. We performed well in athletics this time.

“Lalita Babar became the first Indian female athlete to qualify for track & field finals, 32 years after PT Usha. After a gap of 36 years, our women’s hockey team qualified for Olympics this time. Vikas Krishan made it to the boxing quarterfinal but could not get a bronze. Many other players performed well,” he said, suggesting that there is no reason to lose hope.

He acknowledged that more needs to be done and “remember if we keep doing like what we have been doing for years, perhaps we will be disappointed once again”.

“I have set up a committee. Government will go into the depth in-house. The committee will study the best practices and prepare a roadmap for 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics. We have to make a plan with foresight. I appeal to the State Governments to also look into it and suggest what best they can do to promote one or two sports. They should identify one or two sports in which they can do well.

“I appeal to the Sports Associations to go into a brainstorming independently and give their memorandums to the government. My appeal to every citizen to send his suggestions on NarendraModi App. State Governments should send their suggestions. I have a firm resolve that a nation with 65 percent youth of its 125 crore population will come out with flying colours,” he said.

Task force for Games

Chairing a meeting of the Union Council on Friday, the Prime Minister had made the announcement about setting up of a Task Force on for Olympic Games.

The Task Force has to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sports persons in the next three Olympic games 2020, 2024 and 2028. It will prepare overall strategy for sports facility, training, selection procedure and other related matters.

Modi said that he had received suggestions from thousands of residents, who wanted him to share his views on Rio Olympics and also flag that how women players have the made the nation proud. He said It is a positive sign that people are taking interest in all sports.

“Our daughters from north, south ,east and other parts of the country have virtually taken it up on to themselves to bring laurels for the country,” he said.

The Prime Minister also chose the occasion to heap encomiums on badminton player PV Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand for his role in training Sindhu, who got a silver medal in Rio and hailed him as an ideal teacher ahead of Teacher’s Day falling on September 5.

Modi, who will not be in the country on the occasion this time owing to his engagements with the G-20 summit, dwelt at length about the roles of teachers who have dedicated themselves for their disciples ad asked people to share their sentiment about this on NarendraModi App.

“Take the example of Pullela Gopichand. I salute Gopichand for his dedication to the sports and for the success of his disciples. Sometimes, I reminisce about my school teachers. I still remember one of my school teachers who is 90 years old and he keeps on sending me handwritten letters every month. His words, his handwriting, his quotes- remind as if I am doing a correspondence course under him,” he said.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister also lauded Hockey icon late Dhyanchand for his contributions to the game, recalling he had brought gold medal for India in Olympics and made the country proud in several tournaments around the globe in his time.

“He played a key role in bringing Gold medal for India in 1928. 1932 and 1936 Olympic games. Don Bradman once said that Major Dhyanchand scores goals like runs. He has been a symbol of sportsman spirit, patriotism and a source of inspiration for hockey players world over,” Modi said a day before the birthday of the legendary hockey player on August 29.

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