Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, 29 August, launched the ‘Fit India Movement’, saying the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future.
- Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year’s National Sports Awards winners among others attended the event
- Launching the campaign, Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle
- “Be it boxing, badminton, tennis or any sport, our athletes are giving new wings to our aspirations,” Modi said
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PM Launches FIT India Campaign on National Sports Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, 29 August, launched the ‘Fit India Movement', saying the initiative is the need of the hour and will take the country towards a healthier future.
At a colourful ceremony, which included a presentation of India’s indigenous martial art forms, dances and sports, Modi said technology has contributed to a sedentary lifestyle.
“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.
Modi Congratulates Indian Athletes
The ‘Fit India Campaign’ launch was attended by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and this year’s National Sports Awards winners among others.
The Prime Minister congratulated the winners of the national sports awards and lauded India’s sporting achievements.
“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 at the launch.
Politicians Join PM Modi's Fit India Campaign
From Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, politicians took to Twitter to congratulate PM Modi on his new campaign.
Celebs Come Out in Solidarity With PM Modi's Fit India Campaign
Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar were among those from Bollywood who extended their support to the Fit India Campaign on Twitter.
Athletes Show Support for PM Modi's Fit India Campaign
PM Modi lauded India’s athletes today, and in turn, India’s famous athletes have come out on Twitter in support for the campaign. From Sachin Tendulkar to Mary Kom, Indian athletes showed solidarity to the cause of fitness and a healthy India.
Smriti Irani, Amit Shah and Other Politicians Extend Support for Fit India Campaign
Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani took to twitter to join in the support for PM Modi’s campaign.
VP Venkaiah Naidu, VVS Laxman Remember 'Hockey Wizard' Dhyanchand on National Sports Day
Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, former Olympian and MP Rajyavardhan Rathore and cricketer VVS Laxman posted on Twitter in honour of India’s hockey legend.
In Pictures: Children Perform at the Stadium During Fit India Campaign
The colourful ceremony included performances from children to showcase India’s many indigenous martial art forms.
Fitness is Beyond Just Sports: PM Modi
Speaking at the event, PM Modi urged citizens to take the movement forward and incorporate the mantra of fitness into every aspect of our lives.