Tendulkar urges athletes to pursue their dreams
Posted On July 20, 2021
New Delhi [India], July 20 (ANI): Little maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday urged India’s track and field contingent en route to the Tokyo Olympics to pursue their dream of winning medals for the country.
“The pressure will be your constant companion, but you have raised the expectations with your performance,” Tendulkar told the 26 athletes in a virtual farewell ceremony.
“You’ve worked hard in these tough times. And if no one expects you as an athlete, you’ve come to the wrong place. You’ve heard that winning and losing is part of sport. Let’s win and leave others When you wear the medal, see the Habs ride and hear the national anthem, it will be the greatest moment of your life, “he added.
In an inspiring speech, Tendulkar recalled that when recovering from a tennis elbow and shoulder surgery in 2004-05, he realized during training in England that athletes internationals sometimes forget the main reason they decided to play sports.
“It’s a love for the game. I had to wake up the child in me and bring him back to life,” he said.
Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Dhruv Batra, who joined the ceremony from Tokyo, said he believes Indian athletics is on the verge of winning the elusive Olympic medal.
“I have seen the hard work of the Indian Athletics Federation and know that the athletics medal is not far away,” he said.
After a welcome by Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation Anju Bobby George, AFI President Adille J. Sumariwalla said the 26 athletes had deserved the honor of representing the country on the biggest stage, but also had the responsibility to deliver their best performances and make India proud.
AFI Planning Commission Chairman Lalit K. Bhanot – who thanked the government and the Sports Authority of India for the unwavering support before and during the pandemic – said he hoped that the best prepared Indian team would be able to bring home medals from the Olympic Games. this time. (ANI)