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Modi Declares National Games Open; Says Nepotism, Corruption Plagued Sports In Country Earlier

Ahmedabad, Sep 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared open the 36th National Games here on Thursday. Indian sportspersons could not perform well in the past due to nepotism and corruption but his government cleaned up the system, he said on this occasion.Also Read – National Games: Rosy Meena Paulraj And Ajith Share Spotlight With National Records (Round-up)

The contingents of all states and UTs arrive at the opening ceremony of the 36th National Games at Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. pic.twitter.com/watT2xAmG8

— ANI (@ANI) September 29, 2022

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Speaking at a gala ceremony at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera area here, he praised Indian athletes for winning medals in various international events such as the Olympics in the recent times. Also Read – PM Narendra Modi Reveals Why Indian Athletes Could Not Shine In Past

“The country’s sportsmen were capable in the past too. This movement of winning medals could have started earlier too. But, instead of professionalism, there was nepotism and corruption in sports. We have cleaned up the system and pumped in new confidence among the youth,” he said in his address to the cheering crowd.

“Your victory in sports will pave the way for the country’s success in other fields. The soft power of sports will significantly improve our country’s image in the world,” he said to the sportspersons.

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