Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday announced a “Cheer Up” campaign for Indian athletes linked to the Olympics across the country and urged people to support the athletes, who will compete in the Tokyo Games from the 23rd. July.
More than 100 Indian athletes have qualified for the Games so far and Rijiju said more than 6,000 selfie points will be set up in the country for people to show their support.
“I spoke to Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal and he immediately deployed the space to 6000 stations across the country where Olympic selfie points have been set up,” Rijiju said in a virtual interaction organized by the Confederation of Industry CII-Sportscom.
The Chief Minister of Haryana also clicked on a selfie photo with the symbol to encourage others to join the campaign and encourage players heading to Tokyo.
“I wanted the Olympic movement and the importance of the Olympics to be understood by everyone, spread across India. Sport is a nation’s greatest soft power,” he said in a communicated.
National badminton head coach Pullela Gopichand said Indian athletes to Tokyo are more confident this time around than their compatriots in the past.
“Today I can say with confidence that every member of the team is training to be in their best shape and maybe win a medal and if they don’t have a medal or they don’t have good ones. performances, I’m sure they’re going to be very disappointed, “he said.
The Minister of Sports also underlined the role that the government has played with federations and players in creating an atmosphere conducive for athletes to seek excellence.
Former hockey international MM Somaya said: “We have some of the best coaches in the world involved in hockey these days and our boys and girls are in good hands.”
The session was also attended by key speakers including Jalaj Dani, President of the Confederation of the Sports Industry, Deepa Malik, Rio 2016 silver medalist and President of the Indian Paralympic Committee, Gagan Narang, bronze medalist of the London Olympics (2012).
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