On National Sports Day, PM Modi asks people to give priority to sports

RSTV Bureau
Remembering Major Dhyan Chand on  National Sports Day, File Photo, Twitter

Remembering Major Dhyan Chand on National Sports Day, File Photo, Twitter

India is celebrating National Sports Day to mark the birth anniversary of hockey player and India’s sporting legend Dhyan Chand.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded sportspersons on and said that this year has been great for Indian sports as country’s athletes have excelled in various tournaments, including in the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.

He also asked people to give priority to sports and fitness-related activities, saying it will contribute towards a healthier India.

“I salute all those who have represented India in various sporting events. Their hardwork and resolve has led to several milestones. This year has been great for our sporting fraternity, with the Indian athletes excelling in various tournaments including Asian Games 2018 and CWG,” Modi tweeted.

He paid tributes to the Hockey legend Dhyan Chand, whose birth anniversary is commemorated as National Sports Day. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also paid tribute to Dhyan Chand, calling him the ‘hockey wizard.’

Several ministers including sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore paid tribute to major Dhyan Chand, and called for serious measures to inculcate sports into our lifestyles.

(With inputs from agencies)