New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah said that the city of Ahmedabad would soon be developed into the world’s biggest sports city.
Speaking at the unveiling function of the anthem and mascot for the 36th National Games at the EKA Arena, TransStadia here in Ahmedabad, Amit said, “Ten years ago, when Modiji was the chief minister here, he started the Khel Mahakumbh. At that time Gujarat was nowhere in sports on the global map.”
“Now, we have the Narendra Modi Stadium, the largest Soirstadium in the world, and very soon we will have the world’s biggest sports city too,” he added
The Home Minister, who is also the MP from Gandhi Nagar, said, “The country’s grandest sporting extravaganza will take place in six cities of Gujarat, from September 29 to October 12.”
Bhupendra Patel, Gujarat chief minister who was also present at the event said, “Once upon a time, we Gujjus were mostly seen as just businessmen. But Modiji started Khel Mahakumbh 11 years back and that event has become so big that as many as 55 lakh youngsters took part in this edition. We even offered a whopping Rs 29 crore as prize money to the winners.”
“We are delighted that the National Games are back after 7 years and this will one will be the biggest and grandest ever,” Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said.
“It normally takes years to organise an event of this scale but Gujarat did this in less than three months. Over 12,000 athletes, officials and support stage will enjoy not only the sporting extravaganza but also the garba here,” he added.