Athletes won’t be pressured to win medals in New India, PM Modi says

The PM wished the para-athletes luck and advised them to use the showcase event Tokyo Paralympic Games to express themselves in order to boost their confidence

NEW DELHIPrime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that New India will never put pressure on its athletes to win medals, instead encourage them to give their best.

PM Modi met with the Indian delegation that will compete in the Tokyo Paralympics, which will begin on August 24.

PM Modi wishes for para-athletes’ success

He wished the para-athletes success and encouraged them to express themselves in the showcase event in an effort to improve their confidence.

During the meet, Prime Minister Modi as per ANI remarked that COVID-19 had exacerbated para-athletes’ difficulties, yet they have never given up. This, as per Mr Modi, symbolized true sportsmanship.

Their triumph and medals are extremely important, but New India will not put any pressure on the athletes to win the medals, Modi expressed. He added that all they need to do was to give their best.

During the meeting, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju were also present.

Tokyo Paralympics will take place from Tuesday, August 24

It is imperative to mention here that a total of 54 para-athletes representing nine sports disciplines will compete in the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This is India’s largest delegation to the Paralympic Games ever.

The Paralympic Games will take place from August 24 to September 5 in Tokyo.

The men’s and women’s archery competitions will kick off India’s campaign on August 27.

‘Our para-athletes are an indication of huge potential of India’s remote places’

In the field, the Prime Minister stressed the significance of mental as well as physical strength. He congratulated the para-athletes for persevering in the face of adversity and pushing forward.

Three sessions on sports psychology were performed for the contingent through workshops and seminars, keeping in mind concerns such as lack of exposure and stress of new places, new people, and foreign situations.

The Prime Minister claimed that India’s rural and distant places are brimming with potential, citing the presence of para-athletes as proof. He stated that we must consider our young and guarantee that they have access to all resources and facilities.

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