Athletes going to Rio with lot of hopes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time for the country’s sport. He made it a point to spend time with the Rio-bound athletes and was there on Sunday morning to flag off a Run for Rio race to wish the athletes. Modi has even given a clarion call to all the 600 districts in the country to prepare at least one athlete for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where he wants to see double the number of the 119 going to the Rio Games.

Ideally, this is the time for all the athletes to reach the Brazilian capital or the venues around the city getting excited about their events. The largest-ever Indian contingent means it will be easier to spot an Indian athlete or an official around the Games Village or the competition venues unlike in the past when hardly 50-odd used to be there at the Games. In fact, more officials and political hangers-on in the form of teams from states used to visit the Games venues.

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