PM Modi inaugurates Khelo India Winter Games, says- Jammu will make Winter Games stronghold

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Narendra Modi) has inaugurated the second Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg. More than 1200 players from 27 states are participating in these games. These sports include alpine skiing, nordic ski, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ice hockey and ice skating.

PM Modi fills players

PM Modi said that this is an important step towards making Jammu and Kashmir the stronghold of the Khelo India winter games 2021.

PM Modi said in a virtual address, ‘This is a step towards registering India’s presence in the International Winter Games and making Jammu and Kashmir a stronghold of the Cold Games. I am confident that the experience of the Khelo India Cold Games will be of great use in enhancing India’s pride on the Winter Olympics podium.

He said, ‘These games happening in Gulmarg show how ready Jammu and Kashmir is to touch new heights of peace and development. These games will help develop a new sports ecosystem in Jammu and Kashmir. Two Khelo India Centers of Excellence in Jammu and Srinagar and Khelo India Centers in 20 districts have very large facilities for young players. Such centers are being opened in every district across the country.

Resolution of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’

PM Modi (PM Narendra Modi) said, ‘These games will strengthen the resolve of’ Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat ”. I have been told that this time the number of contestants has doubled. This is a sign of increasing trend of people towards Winter Games’.

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PM Modi (PM Narendra Modi) said that the game is not just a hobby but it helps to learn team spirit, repeat the victory and find a new path in defeat. He said, ‘Sports makes the life of every person and his life style. Sports increase confidence which is equally important for self-reliance. No country in the world becomes bigger than just economic or strategic power, but it has many other aspects. Today, sports has become an area which also shows the country’s image and country’s strength in today’s world.

Important steps for new national education

PM Modi (PM Narendra Modi) said, ‘Sports are also being given great importance in the new National Education Policy. Earlier sports was part of additional activities but will now be part of the curriculum. It will be graded. This is a big decision for sports and for students.

Addressing the 1200 players participating in the Cold Games, he said, ‘When the players get on the field for these games, remember that they are not only a part of these games but also brand ambassadors of self-reliant India. Your game gives India recognition in the world. When you land on the playground, you are not alone, but 130 crore countrymen are with you ‘.

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