Video: When FIFA World Cup fever gripped Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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When World Cup fever gripped Modi
New Delhi, June 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined millions of fans who can do anything for football. On the inauguration eve of FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Modi on Thursday, June 12 released commemorative postage stamps on the World Cup. Releasing the postage, Modi hoped that the international event becomes a "bridge for connecting nations".

He used to occasion to underline the need inculcating the love of sports among children within the country with his slogan "jo khele, wo hi khile" (those who play develop well).

"Sports brings about a spirit of amity and belongingness among nations of the world. May the FIFA World Cup become a bridge for connecting nations together," Modi said while releasing the stamps at his residence.

Watch Video: Modi releases commemorative FIFA World Cup postage stamps

Recalling India's "glorious" history in football as it was a prominent sport across the country at one point of time, he said India too is preparing to host the Under-17 FIFA World Cup.

He urged the Department of Posts to develop a website on the history of Indian football. Noting that commentary especially radio commentary played a key role in enhancing the popularity of cricket, the Prime Minister emphasised on developing the art of commentary in other sports as well.

Referring to the term "Sportsman Spirit", the Prime Minister referred to the toil and penance of countless sports persons across the world, which gave the term universal acceptance and recognition in a positive sense.

"If there is no sport, how can there be sportsman spirit in society. Sportsman Spirit is a lubricant for the health of the society which is essential for it to prosper," he said.

Modi released the stamps just before the month-long FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The function was attended by several prominent sporting icons including K. Malleswari, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Sunil Chhetri, Sushil Kumar, Ajit Pal Singh, Chunni Goswami, Subrat Bhattacharya, and Kirti Azad.

Praful Patel, President, All India Football Federation, Anurag Thakur were also present while Communications and Information Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal also spoke on the occasion.

OneIndia News
(With agency inputs)

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