PM Narendra Modi interacts with Commonwealth Games 2022 bound contingent wishes them good luck | Commonwealth Games: Nam is Beckham so why not play football? PM Modi asked interesting questions to the players


Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Indian players going to participate in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games-2022 and encouraged them. Urging the players to play fiercely without any tension, he said that in the 75th year of independence, play with the intention of giving the gift of best performance to the country. In the virtual conversation with the players, PM Modi also asked many interesting questions about their experiences and life.

These questions were asked to the steeplechase player

He told Avinash Sable, a steeplechase player from Beed district of Maharashtra, ‘You are in the army and your posting has been done in Siachen, so is there any relation between Siachen and steeplechase? How did you lose weight like Neeraj Chopra?’ On this, Sable said, ‘There is a lot of hard training in the army and it is also taught to overcome obstacles. From there the foundation was strengthened. Got to learn a lot in four years of army duty. This training also helped in reducing weight.

Said this to cyclist David Beckham

PM Modi asked Andaman and Nicobar cyclist David Beckham, ‘Your name is after a very big footballer, so you never thought of playing football. Another player in your team is named after the football player, so do you both play football too. Beckham, who won the gold medal in the Khelo India game, said, ‘There was not that much football facilities in Andaman, so I made a career in cycling. When you mentioned me in Mann Ki Baat program, I felt very happy that after coming out of a place like Andaman, I have come to the national team. Prime Minister Modi said to Beckham, who lost his father in a tsunami at the age of one and a half years, ‘Salute to your family along with you, who inspired you even in so many oddities.’

Appreciated lifter Achint Shiule

He also lauded the mother and brother of West Bengal weightlifter Achint Shiule, saying, “A sportsperson along with the whole family does penance and salutes their spirit.” The mother must be worried that the son is in such a game that he may not get hurt, etc. He said to Achint, who is fond of cinema, ‘If you do not get time to watch cinema in training, then will you bring a medal, then you will watch films only.’

best wishes to hockey teams

He asked badminton player Trisa Jolly about Gayatri Gopichand about her on-court coordination and close friendships outside. Gayatri is the daughter of national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Trisha’s partner. She also said, ‘How will you celebrate after both the games. PV Sindhu wanted to eat ice cream after the Olympics. She asked Salima Tete, a member of the Indian women’s hockey team, who finished fourth in the Tokyo Olympics, about her struggles and her experience at the Tokyo Olympics. He also extended his best wishes to the Indian women’s and men’s hockey teams.

PM gets emotional after hearing the story of Sharmila, a para athlete shotput player

Prime Minister Modi also became emotional after hearing the story of Sharmila, a para-athlete from Haryana. Born in a very poor family, Sharmila was married at a young age and she and her two daughters were subjected to a lot of atrocities at her in-laws’ house. Sharmila made her debut in the sport at the age of 34 in such a difficult situation and won a gold medal in two years. Prime Minister Modi said, ‘You have proved that no challenge is difficult if you have the will to win. Your daughters should also make their name bright in sports like you. He has my blessings. Sharmila’s elder daughter plays javelin throw and younger plays table tennis.

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