New Delhi: Speaking to Indian athletes bound for Rio Olympics which is soon to be held in the Brazilian capital Rio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished a colourful venture for the athletes and exclaimed that all the individuals had full support of the Indian government.
Amidst an ecstatic crowd at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, PM Modi addressed the 119 athletes and expressed his optimism that the number will increase in the future to 200.
“Every player has worked hard to get here. They will surely give their best,” said the PM, while stressing the fact that efforts for Tokyo 2020 Olympics should not falter.
The Prime Minister said that earlier, Indian athletes participating in the Olympics used to get only 2 days for preparation. “Now, the athletes who will participate in the Olympics will get 15 days for themselves to prepare and familiarise themselves with the environment,” said the PM.
Raising the issue of disparity between authorities and athletes sent to the Olympics, the Prime Minister said that the government will give $100 a day for each athlete and official, increasing the monetary provision for athletes by $50.
In case the athletes feel uncomfortable with the foreign cuisine, the PM announced that the government has set up a team which will provide traditional Indian food to athletes lest they find other cuisine difficult to consume.
“Our athletes will win hearts of the world and will show the world what India is about, I am sure about it,” said the PM.
“Play and prosper,” Modi said before officially flagging off the Indian contingent’s advent into the Rio Olympics 2016.