Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he wants to change the widely held public perception that sports cannot be taken up as a career.”There is a mentality among people that sports cannot be taken up as a career. I want to change that thought process,” he said.The Arena’ is a state-of-the-art facilities and has been built on public-private-partnership model between the Gujarat government and TransStadia Group.”Sportspersons, when they interact with common people, are generally asked it is okay that you play at state level or national level but what do you do for a living,” Modi said.
“We must adopt a culture where taking up a sport as a career is appreciated and supported. The determination of our sports persons is admirable. They have pursued their passion with great diligence.” “When I meet sports persons, I never find them lacking in spirit or the will to do something for the country. They raise our flag and make us walk with pride. Girls have outclassed boys in sports, too, by bringing medals for the country,” Modi said.”People tell politicians that they should learn to handle win (in elections), but I want to tell you that a sportsperson knows how to digest defeat. He is always facing defeat or experiencing win. This helps him to tide over defeats and setback in life also,” Modi said.
They included in-form badminton player Kidambi Srikanth, former football star Bhaichung Bhutia and cricketers like Chetashwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel and Irfan Pathan. Modi also inaugurated the state-level annual sports games of Gujarat, ‘Khel Mahakumbh’, from the new stadium.