28 Jan 2024

PM Modi hails landlocked Madhya Pradesh for achievements in beach games; CM Mohan Yadav for making MP a water sports hub

Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the 109th episode of his famous program Mann Ki Baat, has praised the excellent performance of Madhya Pradesh in the country's first Multi Sport Beach Games held in Maldives.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness over the fact that such new platforms are continuously being created in India, in which players are getting a chance to showcase their potential. One such platform has been created for Beach Games which was organized in Diu.

Modi said that Beach Games were organized in Diu in the beginning of this year itself. This was India's first multi-sport Beach Games, in which competitions like Tug of War, Sea Swimming, Pancake Silt, Malkhamb, Beach Volleyball, Beach Kabaddi, Beach Soccer, and Beach Boxing were held, in which every competitor got ample opportunity to showcase his talent. .

Expressing delight at this, the Prime Minister said that "In this tournament, many players came from states which have no connection with the sea. Madhya Pradesh also won the maximum number of medals in this tournament; there are no sea beaches in MP. It is this temperament towards sports that makes any country the king of the sports world.

Efforts to create an international hub in Upper Lake: CM

Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav listened to the 109th episode of PM Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat program at Jaipur Airport. Seeing the immense potential of water sports in Bhopal and other cities, Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav has directed to take necessary steps to make Madhya Pradesh a water sports hub.

It is noteworthy that in Madhya Pradesh, which has given many big players to the country in kayaking-canoeing and rowing, efforts are being made to create an international hub in Upper Lake to promote water sports. After Pune, Bhopal will be the second biggest hub in the country where international competitions will be organised. Players' boats will be able to park. 

Currently training takes place in two parts. Some players also have to go to Pune for training. They won't have to go out. About 300 players practice in the Upper and Lower lakes. With the construction of the hub, all these will come to one place.

Water sports facilities in many other dists also

Apart from Bhopal, water sports facilities are also being developed in many other districts and cities. State level dragon boat competition has started on Gauri Sarovar pond in Bhind city. The dragon boat running on water in Gauri Sarovar was first seen in Gauri Sarovar of Bhind about five years ago, after that training in canoe kayaking started here. Many national and international players and para-players progressed after taking training at this Gauri Sarovar.

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