PM Modi declares National Games open; says nepotism, corruption plagued sports in country earlier

"Your victory in sports will pave the way for the country's success in other fields. The soft power of sports will significantly improve our country's image in the world," he said to sportspersons.

Published: 29th September 2022 09:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2022 02:04 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at inauguration of 36th National Games in Ahmedabad. (Photo | PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at inauguration of 36th National Games in Ahmedabad. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared open the 36th National Games here on Thursday.

Indian sportspersons could not perform well in the past due to nepotism and corruption but his government cleaned up the system, he said on this occasion.

Speaking at a gala ceremony at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera area here, he praised Indian athletes for winning medals in various international events such as the Olympics in recent times.

Drone show on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 36th National Games, in Ahmedabad. (Photo | PTI)

"The country's sportsmen were capable in the past too. This movement of winning medals could have started earlier too. But, instead of professionalism, there was nepotism and corruption in sports. We have cleaned up the system and pumped in new confidence among the youth," he said in his address to the cheering crowd.

"Your victory in sports will pave the way for the country's success in other fields. The soft power of sports will significantly improve our country's image in the world," he said to the sportspersons.

People attend the opening ceremony of 36th National Games, in Ahmedabad. (Photo | PTI)


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