‘Kyu Pade Ho Chakkar Me, Koi Nahi Hai Takkar Me’: Modi to CWG contingent

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian contingent bound for the Commonwealth Games via video conferencing this week. The interaction was attended by both the athletes as well as their coaches. Sports minister Anurag Thakur was also present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister wished the Indian contingent for the Games, saying it was an auspicious day as it coincided with the International Chess Day. The Chess Olympiad will take place in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu from July 28, the day the Commonwealth Games begin.

The PM informed that more than 65 athletes were participating in the Commonwealth Games for the first time and he wished them to make a tremendous impact. He advised them to “play with all your heart, play hard, play with full force and without any stress”.

“You must have heard, ‘Kyu Pade Ho Chakkar Me Koi Nahi Hai Takkar Me’. Just play without any tension.”

During the interaction, the Prime Minister enquired from Avinash Sable, an athlete from Maharashtra, about his experience of coming from Maharashtra and serving the nation in Siachen.

He said that he got to learn a lot from his four-year stint in the Indian Army. He said the discipline and training he received from the Indian Army would help him shine in whichever field he would go.

The PM asked Sable why he chose steeplechase, to which he said that steeplechase is all about overcoming obstacles and he had received similar training in the Army. The PM further inquired about his experience of losing weight so fast.

Sable said the Army motivated him to join sports and he got extra time to train and this helped in losing weight.

The Prime Minister then went on to speak with Achinta Sheuli, a weightlifter in the 73kg category who hails from West Bengal and asked him how he manages to strike a balance between his peaceful nature and the power of weightlifting.

Achinta said that he has a regular yoga routine that helps him stay calm. The PM asked him about his family, to which Achinta replied that his mother and elder brother support him through all the highs and lows. The Prime Minister also enquired about how he deals with injury issues that are a part and parcel of the sport.

The Prime Minister remarked that the athletes are going to the Commonwealth Games at a time when the country is celebrating 75 years of independence and that the sportspersons will showcase their best performance which will be a gift to the country.

The CWG 2022 is scheduled to commence in Birmingham on July 28. A total of 215 athletes, participating in 141 events across 19 sporting disciplines, will represent India in the CWG 2022.

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