India might be medal-less in the ongoing Olympics so far, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the athletes competing in Rio should not get disheartened as "victory and setbacks are all a part of life".
Responding to cricket icon and the Olympic contingent's goodwill ambassador Sachin Tendulkar's request for encouraging words, Modi said the athletes should only focus on giving their best.
Bharat Ratna @sachin_rt & one of India's most admired sportspersons wanted me to speak on India's athletes currently in Rio, on15th August.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2016
I appreciate the thought of @sachin_rt but I want to add-why wait for 15th August to speak about the subject. I want to do so now.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2016
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday had requested Modi to talk about some of the sportspersons, who are striving to bring laurels for the country at the ongoing Rio Olympics, in his speech on 70th Independence Day. Applauding the hard work of the athletes, Modi asked them not to get burdened by thinking about the result.
India is phenomenally proud of all our athletes in Rio & their hardwork that got them there. Victory & setbacks are all a part of life.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2016
I urge all athletes who have their games remaining to give their best & play with determination, not get burdened by what the result will be— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 13, 2016