PM Modi Hails Commonwealth Games 2018 Players In 'Mann Ki Baat'

| April 29 , 2018 , 13:05 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the 43rd edition of his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio telecast programme, where he took the opportunity to hail the sportspersons who brought laurels to the nation at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games. India secured an overall rank of 3 at the Commonwealth Games in Australia with a total of 26 gold medals.

"Our players did their best by fulfilling the expectations of the country and won medal after medal. With 26 Gold medals and a total of 66 medals, India finished third in the Commonwealth Games this year," PM Modi said.

"After the match ends, when the medal is represented to an Indian athlete, the Tricolour is raised, and the national anthem begins to sound, at that time the feeling of satisfaction, joy and pride is something special in itself," he said.

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"Our women athletes have India very proud," the PM added.

"Last month I urged people to take part in the Fit India movement. I am glad with the overwhelming support for the movement," he said.

"Yoga is a wonderful way to remain fit. Let us think about ways to make the fourth Yoga Day memorable," Modi said.

PM Modi also announced a Swachh Bharat Summer Internship for college-going students, NCC cadets, NSS jawans and other youngsters.

"This is an opportunity for those young people who wish to contribute to the country, bring about a change in society and learn something in the process," he said.

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PM Modi also paid tributes to Lord Buddha ahead of Buddha Purnima on Monday.

"The influence of Buddhism spread far and wide. Monks from India went to various parts of Asia and spread the teachings of Lord Buddha," PM Modi.

"Inspired by Lord Buddha, let us further the spirit of peace and harmony across the world," he said.

"We also remember Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was greatly influenced by Lord Buddha," the Prime Minister said.