Prime Minister of India, while addressing a large gathering of celebrities, school children and ministers at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium launched the Fit India Movement, urging the nation to try to become a fitter self of themselves.
The launch event that had been attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and National Sports Awards 2019 winners was illustrated by the presentation of India’s martial arts, dances and sports. Modi in his campaign launch speech also paid tribute to Dhyan Chand on his birth Anniversary.
Today, on National Sports Day we pledge to strength Fit India Movement! https://t.co/0BmpLreJPP
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2019
“On this day, a great sportsperson was born, Major Dhyan Chand. He amazed the world with his fitness, stamina, and hockey stick,” he said.
Dhyan Chand was one of the greatest hockey players with extraordinary goal-scoring and tacking skills. Born on 29 August, he was the face who helped the Indian hockey team to earn three Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932 and 1936.
Further in his speech, Narendra Modi pressed on the contribution of technology in decreased physical-activities. And didn’t shy away from displaying his concerns over the lazy lifestyle most of us have been living.
“Fitness has always been an integral part of our culture. But, there is indifference towards fitness issues now. A few decades back, a normal person would walk 8-10km in a day, do cycling or run. But, with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough,” he said.
Plunging Life Expectancy
The Prime Minister, who follows an exhausting fitness regime that includes practicing Yoga daily, also talked about the plunging human life-expectancy.
“Earlier we heard of people getting heart attacks in the 60s but now you hear men in their 30s and 40s suffering heart attacks. Lifestyle diseases and disorders are on the rise. Small changes in our lifestyle can make all the difference.”
Moreover, he also congratulated the winners of the national sports awards and lauded India’s sporting achievements.
“Be it boxing, badminton, tennis or any sport, our athletes are giving new wings to our aspirations. Their medals are not just a result of their hard work but also a reflection of a new India’s confidence,” he said.
Apart from the movement, the Prime Minister also launched a fitness logo and a fitness pledge that read, “I promise to myself that I will devote time for physical activity and sports every day and I will encourage my family members and neighbours to be physically fit and make India a fit nation”.