Thrilled to go to Rio: Sachin Tendulkar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence that the Indian contingent would put up a grand show at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has shown confidence in the Indian contingent that they would perform in a better manner at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. 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. Also during his speech addressing the nation in the 22nd edition of radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, Modi said that he is ready to work as a postman in sending the messages of the Indian citizens to Rio-bound Indian athletes. He further described Olympics as a sports ‘Mahakumbh’ and stated that we will also follow our players closely as any other country.
He also appealed to the 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.
Modi informed that the Indian government has increased the budget from Rs 15 crore to around Rs 125 crore after understanding the importance of the situation. He also informed that the amount spent on the training for each player ranges from Rs 30 lakh to 1.5 crore. 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.
The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was appointed as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics, along with A.R. Rahman, Abhinav Bindra, and Salman Khan. He has also tweeted a jubilant and patriotic message for the participating sport persons – “Thrilled to go to Rio and cheer for team India! Chalo Rio mein tiranga lehraein!!!! Come on team India!”, was the tweet from the Master Blaster.
The Rio Olympics 2016 are scheduled to start from the 7th of August, with the opening ceremony on the 6th.
by Ashwani Srivastava