This evening, Union Home and Cooperation Minister and Gandhinagar Lok Sabha MP Amit Shah inaugurated the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Premier League cricket tournament at the Chharodi Gurukul ground. Cricketer Hardik Pandya was also present for the event. The league will feature 1078 teams from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, with a total of 16,100 players set to participate.
According to the Press Information Bureau of India (PIB) release in his address, the Union Home Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Sansad Khelkood Mahotsav was started in Gandhinagar a few days ago. He said that today, more than 1,37,000 players have participated in 42 sports, and there are many players who have participated in more than one sports discipline.
Shah said that Prime Minister Modi had appealed to the Members of Parliament (MPs) across the country to organise Sansad Khelkood Mahotsav and make efforts to popularise sports by passing it on to children as culture. Shah said that there are many sports in our country through which sports values can be imparted to children. (With Virat Kohli Unavailable And KL Rahul Ruled Out: Sarfaraz Khan Set To Make India Debut Vs England In 3rd Test – Report)
Hardik Pandya with India’s Home Minster Amit Shah in Inauguration of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha Premier league Cricket. ( Desh Gujarat) pic.twitter.com/5Py7ivDGe1
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The Union Home Minister said that cricket was kept out of the Sansad Khelkood Mahotsav so that it doesn’t overshadow other sports, and today, after the end of this festival, the Gandhinagar Premier League (GPL) is starting. He said that 1,078 cricket teams from Gandhinagar are participating in GPL. He said that in this entire event, 16,170 players from 1078 teams will play 1071 matches. Shah said that losing creates the passion to win, and defeat after victory removes ego coming from winning. He said that Everyone should take winning and losing normally, and, there should neither be pride in victory nor disappointment in defeat. (BCCI Not Happy With Players Skipping Ranji Trophy For IPL 2024 Preparation – Report)
Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken many steps to boost sports, in the whole country, including Gujarat. He said that today, 66 lakh people are participating in this Khelkood Mahotsav, which is unprecedented. He said that during 10 years of Modi government from 2014 to 2024, many new initiatives have been taken in the field of sports.
Union Home Minister Shah said that the Modi government has provided resources including Rs 50,000 per month for every athlete, their training and good stadium facilities. He said that many international sports competitions have also been organised in India in the last few years.
He said that PM Modi has encouraged the players by hosting sports festivals and live telecasts of national-level games in every state and selecting players on merit. He said that the result of all these efforts was that India won 107 medals in the 2023 Asian Games, as compared to 57 medals in the 2014 Asian Games. Similarly, in the 2014 Paralympic Games, India won 33 medals, while in 2022, Indian players won 111 medals.
Shah said that India won 2 medals in the 2016 Olympics, whereas we bagged 7 medals in the 2020 Olympics. Similarly, India won 15 gold medals in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which increased to 26 gold medals in the 2018 edition.
The Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation said that our aim is to build an India that will be at the top of the Olympics medal tally at the time of the centenary of independence. He said that it is the job of the youth of the country to build a grand edifice in the next 25 years on the strong foundation laid by Prime Minister Modi in the field of sports. He said that in the coming days, a complete scientific system for sports infrastructure, training of players, transparent selection, and looking after the health of the players will be made in the country.