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AHMEDABAD: The thirty sixth Nationwide Video games was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a glittering opening ceremony on Thursday night within the presence of over 100,000 ecstatic spectators.
In step with the Olympic conference, however with a contemporary twist, Gujarat’s swimming star Maana Patel introduced within the symbolic Torch of Unity into the sector and handed it over to the Prime Minister.

Watched and applauded by a number of present and previous sports activities icons, together with Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu, Ravi Dahiya, Mirabai Chanu, Gagan Narang, former nationwide hockey captain and new HI chief Dilip Tirkey together with World Championship medallist Anju Bobby George, the Prime Minister positioned the Torch on the rostrum for it to be lit by augmented actuality.

When the PM rose to talk, a roar as loud as a thousand lions echoed within the stadium, underlining his continued reputation within the state.
“This sight, this atmosphere cannot be described in phrases. On the earth’s greatest stadium, one of many world’s youngest international locations is witnessing India’s greatest sports activities pageant,” he mentioned.

“The sports activities funds of the nation has elevated by about 70 p.c within the final 8 years. Till 8 years in the past, Indian athletes participated in lower than 100 worldwide occasions. Now Indian gamers take part in additional than 300 worldwide occasions,” the PM added.
Praising the theme behind the Video games anthem, ‘Judega India, Jitega India’, the Prime Minister mentioned that the Nationwide Video games would act as a launch pad for each teen.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel additionally welcomed the over 7,000-plus athletes from “each nook of the nation” on behalf of each Gujarati within the state and the world.
In step with a time-honoured Olympic customized, ‘Ek Bharat’, a ceremonial march previous, by the athletes of 36 States and Union Territories plus Providers ensued.
The largest applause was reserved for the 700-strong Gujarat contingent, which was led by tennis star Ankita Raina, who additionally took the oath on behalf of all of the athletes.

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The Nationwide Video games, being held after seven years, will witness India’s finest athletes compete in 36 disciplines in six cities of Gujarat.
Though they began on September 20 to accommodate World Championship-bound desk tennis gamers, they’ll collect steam on Friday with 9 disciplines getting underway and several other high athletes getting into the fray.
Earlier, the PM nearly inaugurated the Swarnim Gujarat Sports activities Unity by Augmented Actuality, setting the stage for a mind-blowing present.

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A particular efficiency showcasing a number of of Gujarat’s conventional artwork kinds in the beginning set the temper for the night.
A tribute referred to as ’20 Years of Imaginative and prescient, Governance and Management – Vande Gujarat!’ within the type of a Cultural efficiency by 600 native artistes and singers was one of many highlights of the night.


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