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PM Narendra Modi wishes luck to Indian contingent at Rio 2016 Olympics

Many congratulatory messages have been shared for the Indian contingent at Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier flagged off “Run for Rio” from the Dhyanchand Stadium in Delhi to congratulate the Rio Olympics bound Indian athletes. (Source: PTI)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to wish the Indian Olympic contingent ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics. The Olympic opening ceremony is just hours away now. A billion audience will be tuning in live to witness the biggest sporting spectacle get underway from the 78,000-capacity Maracana Stadium in Brazil.

India has sent their largest ever contingent – 118 athletes – at the Olympics, this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier flagged off “Run for Rio” from the Dhyanchand Stadium in Delhi to congratulate the Rio Olympics bound Indian athletes for making it to the prestigious event. The purpose of the run was to let the athletes know that the country was proud of them.

“I convey my best wishes for the Rio games. The games give a message of brotherhood,” said PM Modi.

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“Two years ago itself, we started to study the reasons why our sportspersons were criticised so that we had enough time to work on them.”

“During our term in office so far, we have focused tremendously on sports,” said PM Modi.

PM Modi also talked about the Indian Olympic contingent on his “Mann ki Baat” radio program and urged the nation to encourage the athletes. He said that the athletes who have come so far was due to their hard work and determination. It also took perseverance and self belief, he said. Athletes who made their Olympic dream come true have stayed true to their purpose in order to represent their country, he further added.

In order to let the nation express their greetings to the Indian Olympics contingent, PM Modi asked people to use the “Narendra Modi App”. The app would allow users to send their good wishes to the Indian athletes.

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“I will be the postman and you can send me your greetings. I will personally see that the messages are delivered to the Indian athletes in Rio,” stated PM Modi.

PM Modi said that people have been sending congratulatory messages via app.

“Many congratulatory messages have been shared for the Indian contingent at #Rio2016”

“Best wishes to all athletes who are participating in #Rio2016 @Olympics. These games are a true celebration of sports sportsmanship.”

PM Modi had launched the Narendra Modi mobile app to connect with people and let the people know about the ‘day-to-day’ activities of the prime minister. The app would let the users get an exclusive opportunity to send and receive messages or emails from the prime minister himself.

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