Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Fit India’ Movement’. “The initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future,” he said.
“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,” Modi said at the inaugural event.
“But with technology, physical activity has reduced. We walk less now and the same technology tells us that we are not walking enough,” he added.
Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year’s National Sports Awards winners also attended the event.
“We will take this movement to new heights with the cooperation of my fellow Indians. I am so glad that this movement is being launched on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, our hockey wizard,” Rijiju said.
The Prime Minister appreciated the winners of the national sports awards.
“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.