Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked the fervor of the nation as he inaugurated the Khelo India Youth Games 2023 in Chennai, blending sportsmanship with a groundbreaking Rs 250 crore broadcasting initiative.
New Delhi, January 20, 2024 – In a spirited inauguration ceremony today, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi officially kicked off the 13th edition of the Khelo India Youth Games in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The event was not just about sports, as Shri Modi also marked the occasion by launching and laying the foundation stone for broadcasting projects amounting to approximately Rs 250 crores.
Amidst a cultural extravaganza, the Prime Minister, with the torch handed by two athletes, lit the cauldron, signifying the commencement of the Khelo India Youth Games. In his address to the enthusiastic crowd, Shri Modi welcomed everyone to what he deemed a fantastic start to the year 2024. He acknowledged the gathering as a representation of a young and vibrant India, whose energy is propelling the nation to new heights in the realm of sports.
Extending his best wishes to athletes and sports enthusiasts from all corners of the country, Shri Modi emphasized the Games as a showcase of the true spirit of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” (One India, Best India). He praised the warmth of the people of Tamil Nadu, their beautiful language, culture, and cuisine, expressing confidence that the hospitality of the region would leave a lasting impression on all participants.
Reflecting on the significance of the event, the Prime Minister highlighted the role of Chennai Kendra, which commenced broadcasting in 1975, embarking on a new journey. He shared details of 12 Akashvani FM projects in 8 States, set to reach an impressive 1.5 crore people. This technological leap is a testament to the government’s commitment to expanding the reach of broadcasting across the nation.
In a nod to Tamil Nadu’s rich sporting legacy, Shri Modi mentioned iconic figures such as the Amritraj Brothers in tennis, Bhaskaran – India’s hockey captain who secured a gold medal in the Olympics, and chess luminaries Vishwanathan Anand, Praggnanandhaa, and Paralympic champion Mariyappan. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the athletes participating in the Khelo India Youth Games would draw inspiration from the proud sporting history of Tamil Nadu.
In closing, Shri Narendra Modi envisioned the friendships forged during the Games enduring a lifetime and reiterated his belief that the Khelo India Youth Games would serve as a platform for athletes to showcase their skills and talents, adding a new chapter to India’s sporting legacy.