Under the chairmanship of Guj CM “Go for Gold” program held in Ahmedabad


Under the chairmanship of Guj CM “Go for Gold” program held in Ahmedabad

The fusion of player preparation and government accountability can help achieve expected results in the sports sector –
Prime Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel

The Chief Minister gave the sports mantra ‘Go for Gold’ to Gujarat athletes who are taking part in the 36e National Games

  • Every Gujarat player is showing utmost passion to excel in these National Games
  • The state government ensures the availability of quality facilities to every athlete in Gujarat


Inspirational interaction of India national badminton team coach Shri Pullela Gopichand and Indian shooter Anjali Bhagwat with the players

Motivation is the basis of success in life: – Shri Pullela Gopichand, India National Badminton Team Coach

Shri Pullela Gopichand advises to focus on diet, nutrition and positive attitude in the three days leading up to the final matches

My career started in Ahmedabad – Arjuna Award and Khel Ratna Award Indian shooter Smt. Anjali Bhagwat

By being on the podium and receiving the medal, I feel that I am the best – Smt. Anjali Bhagwat


Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Addressing the athletes participating in the 36e With the National Games being held in Gujarat from September 29, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said the national games are like the stepping stone to the international games, thus each athlete from Gujarat participating in 36e The National Games being hosted in Gujarat this time exuberates passion and zeal.

Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel explained that the confluence of player preparation and government accountability can lead to the achievement of desired outcomes in the field of sport. The state government supports every athlete in Gujarat who is interested in sports. The state government ensures that every athlete in Gujarat enjoys quality facilities. He added that Gujarat has been endowed with talented sportsmen before but that talent got a platform with the start of the tradition of Khel Mahakumbh by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Gujarat sportsmen have now erased our impression of ‘Dal-Bhat eaters’, he added.

With the preparations for the successful organization of the 36e National Games, the master plan for the future hosting of the Olympics in Gujarat is being prepared, he added. At the National Games, Gujarat players are going to perform well and prepare more for the international level games.

The Chief Minister has motivated the sportsmen of Gujarat who will participate in the 36e National Games by giving them the sporting mantra “Go for Gold” and sending them their best wishes.

Indian national badminton team coach Shri Pullela Gopichand encouraged the players and said that after a hiatus of 7 years, Gujarat is proud to welcome the 36e National Games and expressed the feeling that these Games will be a lasting memory for players across the country. He added that around 11,000 athletes compete in the Olympics while 20,000 athletes compete in the National Games.

He said that in 8 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, through Khelo India, Fit India and various incentive programs, there has been unprecedented development in the field of sports in the country. Expressing a clear vision that the “Go for Gold” program will provide the necessary motivation for players, he said that the efforts to win are easily visible but the motivation is invisible. Motivation is the basis of success in life, he added.

Shri Pullela Gopichand taught the players to focus on diet, fitness and a positive attitude in the three days leading up to the final matches. He advised sportsmen to keep moving towards victory even in defeat.

Gunner Smt. Anjali Bhagwat said that today I am very happy and my happiness has doubled because my career started in Ahmedabad itself. I came to Ahmedabad as a cadet from NCC and played the first match of my career in Ahmedabad and won a silver medal and decided to pursue a career in sports.

Smt. Anjali Bhagwat further said that the National Games were held after seven years, many thanks to Gujarat for hosting the long-awaited sporting event. The National Games are very important for any athlete. National Games are like mini Olympics, with players representing the states. The pressure to play for the state builds a player and allows him to play internationally, she added.

She urged young players to focus on planning, goal setting, sports science, confidence, passion to win, analysis etc. and gave valuable advice. Moreover, she wished the Gujarati youth to do well in the field.

Principal Sports Secretary Shri Ashwini Kumar said thoughtful and organized planning was underway to create an atmosphere of excitement across the state for the national games. Stating that the “Go for Gold” event was organized to increase the enthusiasm of the sportsmen, he asked all the sportsmen to be determined for Gujarat to be among the top five in the 36e National games.

Alongside the Gujarat athletes, representatives from the Gujarat Sports Authority and the Gujarat State Olympic Association participated in this “Go for Gold” program.

Source: Department of Information, Gujarat

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