DIBRUGARH: The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, visited the ongoing ‘Khelo India Women’s Kickboxing League’ in Dibrugarh on Sunday when he interacted with the participating athletes and wished them success. The minister also spoke on the occasion to encourage sports towards attaining a fit body and mind.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said, “Sports as a discipline has got a tremendous boost under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The whole country enjoys a conducive environment for players and athletes to play sports and excel at them. Thanks to the rejig in the policy framework, the athletes found a springboard to use for better performance. Schemes like TOPS have delivered stellar performances by Indian athletes at the top global sporting events like the Olympics, Asian Games, and World Championships, among others. Today, we take pride in our sports, as the athlete delivers a truly inspiring performance that is at par with the global standard. It was not easy to overcome the years of neglect that sports endured under successive Congress governments who gave minimum to no attention to uplifting or upgrading the sporting arena in the country. Under the inspiring leadership of the Prime Minister, this has now become a thing of the past as talent from all across the country is being provided avenues to prove their mettle and deliver inspiring performances for their country.”
Adding further on the women’s power in sports, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “It is indeed a matter of great pride for all of us, as countrymen, to witness stellar performances from the women of India in the sporting arena. The indomitable mental strength, display of fighting spirit, and delivery of excellence in various sports have been inspiring everyone. The tremendous potential of Nari Shakti has been underlined for greater exposure in multiple fields, including sports. Today, girls from interior parts of India are delivering world-class performances, bringing laurels to the country. I am happy to interact with the players at the ongoing Khelo India Women’s Kickboxing League here today, where the girls exuded confidence to deliver top-class performances and add positively to the initiative by Modi ji to enable ‘Nari Shakti’ to become a solid force of reckoning in the nation building towards a new Bharat.”