PM Narendra Modi | File Photo

Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Nagaland for hosting the South Asian Cross Country Championship (SACCC) and 56th National Cross Country Championships, under the aegis of South Asian Athletics Federation and the Athletics Federation of India in Kohima, according to a DIPR report.

The prime minister said sports are an integral aspect of personality development and it helps in developing physical endurance and mental toughness, and it inculcates qualities of sportsmanship, team spirit, discipline, and hard work among youngsters.

According to the report, Modi also said that the central government is trying to take sports in India to the pinnacle of success by recognising the talents all across the country and giving them all the necessary support from increasing the sports budget to enhancing encouragement and awards given to the players.

He also said that talents are emerging from the rural areas.

According to PM Narendra Modi, the South Asian Cross Country Championships and 56th National Cross Country Championships are an opportunity for national and international athletes to engage in healthy competition as well as to learn about each other’s nation, society, culture, and customs and will also strengthen bonds of friendship and brotherhood among sportspersons.

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