Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to flag off ‘Run for Rio’ in Delhi’s Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, today. PM Modi will also release a publication of SAI on ‘Indian Olympic Journey’, which will carry information on India’s Olympic achievements and preparations for the future.
“The objective of the run is to not only demonstrate to our athletes that the whole country is proud of them and
wishing them all the best in the forthcoming Rio Olympics, but also to connect public at large, especially children and youth, with the Olympic spirit and power of sports,” Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who is personally supervising the preparations, said in a statement.
08.29 am: PM Narendra Modi flags off the event; players asked to face towards India Gate in order to start the race.
08.27 am: PM Modi releases the brochure containing the history of India at Olympics so far.
08.26 am: Aao khele, aur jee le. Hum bhi khile aur humaare desh bhi khile, Bharat Mata ki Ji!, with this PM concludes his address.
08.24 am: Our govt will do whatever it can to boost sports in India. All my wishes and that of this country are with the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics. I hope they will make us proud and hoist the flag of our country even higher.
08.23 am: The players who were chosen this time, were given options for their coaches, ground, training centre etc. We have deployed Rs 30 lakhs to 1 crore on each player this time, says PM Modi at Dhyanchand Stadium.
08.20 am: We have made special arrangements for our players this time. Right from the food they like to the food they should have, we have taken care of everything this time: PM Modi
08.17 am: We didn’t get a lot of time to prepare this time. If you compare the statistics, we have in proved since the last few years. Earlier, players used to arrive at the location 2 days before the Olympics, thereby little time was in their hands. However, this time we have sent them 15 days before so that they can adjust in that location and perform their utmost, said PM Narendra Modi.
08.16 am: We have been associated with Olympics for more than 100 years. But it is for the first time that a contingent of 119 players are participating from India. In 2020, Olympics will be held in Tokyo. I wish to see more than 200 players there, said PM Modi
08.13 am: The essence of a game cannot be measured with ‘win’ or ‘lose’. A player works hard to represent his/her country and gives in his 100% for this. Our 199 players will do their best to make India proud: PM Modi at Dhyanchand Stadium
08.10 am: “I want all of you to cheer for the 119 athletes who have gone to represent India at Rio. Let’s shout out for them, Bharat Mata ki Jai!,” says PM Modi
08.08 am: PM Modi addresses the school children while the crowd can be heard cheering ‘Modi-Modi’
08.06 am: We want the fever of sports to indulge everybody in India. We are grteful to Pm Modi ji for sparing time for this crucial event, said Sports Minister Goel at Dhyanchand Stadium.
08.04 am: Sports Minister Goel delivers the welcome address. “Our biggest contingent comprising of 119 athletes is going to participate in Rio this year, we are extremely proud of this fact”, said Goel.
08.01 am: PM Modi arrives at Dhyanchand Stadium.
07.44 am: PM Modi to flag off the event in Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, shortly
The event shall commence from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and conclude at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and is expected see a footfall of over 20,000 children.
Calling out everybody, Sport Minister Goel also tweeted about the event:
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 29, 2016
Delhi Police will look after the security arrangements throughout the route. Screens will be installed at strategic points for enabling participants to witness the address of Prime Minister before he flags off the Run.