PM Modi meets victorious Indian para-athletes, says their medals are “fruition of 140 crore dreams”

PM Modi meets victorious Indian para-athletes, says their medals are "fruition of 140 crore dreams"

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PM Modi Hails Para Athletes for Record Medal Haul, Says India Removing Hurdles for Sportspersons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday praised India’s para athletes for their record medal haul at the 2023 Asian Para Games and said his government is removing hurdles for sportspersons.

Modi, while speaking to the para athletes, said that the government is committed to providing the best facilities to athletes and to bringing the 2030 Youth Olympic Games and the 2036 Summer Olympics to India.

He said that India has always produced good athletes, but lack of financial support and other hurdles have held them back. He added that in the last nine years, the government has taken steps to address these issues and to create a more athlete-centric environment.

Modi said that the 111 medals the para athletes had brought back home from China were not mere medals, but the fruition of the dreams of 140 crore people of the country. He said that the athletes had taken India from 10th to fifth place in the medal tally, and that their performance had enthused the entire nation.

Modi added that whenever a para athlete returns home successful, he or she does not just cover himself or herself in glory, but also becomes an inspiration for the entire nation. He said that their performance affects people in all walks of life by inspiring them.

The PM urged the para athletes to encourage children in their families and homes to take up sports. He also informed that a state-of-the-art Disability Sports Training Centre had been set up in Gwalior.

Modi urged the para athletes to not just stop here and to move ahead with new determination and promises. He said that the government is with them in their progress.

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