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PM Modi urges nation to encourage Rio athletes

Updated: Jul 31, 2016 11:24 IST

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Extending best wishes to the Indian contingent who would be representing India at the Rio Olympics next month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation to encourage them.

"Today in Delhi, 'Run for Rio' was organised. We will organise many more programs to encourage our athletes. We extend our best wishes to the Indian contingent who will be representing India at the Rio this year," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the nation in the 22nd edition of his ' Mann Ki Baat' programme.

He urged the nation to share their best wishes to the athletes on the 'Narendra Modi App'.

"In this, your Prime Minister is ready to become your postman. Share your best wishes to the athletes on the ' Narendra Modi App'. Let us encourage our athletes as much as possible," he said.

Expressing optimism, Prime Minister Modi earlier today said that the Indian athletes would win the hearts of the world in the Rio Games.

He said sports cannot be evaluated in loss or win, adding the players fight for the pride of the nation which is the biggest challenge.

He flagged off the 'Run for Rio' at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium this morning. (ANI)