The PM was speaking at the launch of the world class synthetic track at the Usha (PT Usha) School of Athletics at Kinalur in Kozhikode district Kerala via video conferencing from New Delhi. Modi said, “Sports is closely linked with the human resource development of a society. To me, sports includes the following attributes: Skill, Perseverance, Optimism, Resilience, Tenacity and Stamina.”
He applauded P T Usha’s contribution to Indian sports and said that the new track would provide modern facilities to the trainees.
“P T Usha has been a shining light of sports in India. She endured several challenges in life and went on to enter Olympics final, missing a medal only by a whisker. In the history of Indian athletics very few have achieved a track record like hers,” he said.
“Ours is a country with rich and diverse culture, which has almost 100 languages and more than 1,600 dialects, different eating habits, dresses and festivals. Sports plays an important role in uniting us,”
He also praised USHA School, saying it was like making the best use of every opportunity by utilising simple and limited resources.
Days before the NDA government celebrates the Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Indian athletes should consider adding yoga in their routine.
“India is a sports-loving country. The passion with which my young friends watch the ongoing Cricket Champions Trophy is the same with which they will see the EPL football or the NBA basketball fixtures and the F1 Races,”
He added that “In this inter-connected and inter-dependent world, a nation’s soft power is vital. Sports has become an important part of soft power.”
The PM maintained that in a diverse country like India which has different languages, dialects, eating habits, dresses and festivals, sports can play a unifying role.