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National Games: Gujarat cross their finest medal haul ever with their tenth gold

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], October 8 (ANI): Gujarat have really arrived as a sporting state. With 5 days left for the immensely profitable thirty sixth National Games to attract to a detailed, the hosts have surpassed their best-ever efficiency within the Games, justifying the State’s determination to step in at quick discover and stage the Games.

As hosts, the state had already created historical past by organising the National Games in lower than 100 days. Gujarat upgraded and spruced up all of the venues in six cities and left no stone unturned to present over 7,000 athletes a memorable expertise. But with their athletes grabbing the chance to showcase their rise, Gujarat’s determination has been vindicated.

“I commend the Gujarat government for taking up the challenge of hosting the Games in such a short time,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned on the Opening Ceremony 10 days again.

The sports activities followers of Gujarat will, nonetheless, be extra happy with how their athletes have carried out. The second they gained their tenth gold on Friday night time, with their star swimmer Maana Patel herself scooping three from the swimming pool, that they had recorded their finest return within the National Games.

“The sports scene in Gujarat has changed dramatically in the last decade. The government has introduced many schemes, including the highly popular Shaktidoot scheme. Khel Mahakumbh has motivated the masses to take to sports,” Maana Patel mentioned when requested in regards to the help from the state authorities.

Most hearteningly, the state that has taken a keener curiosity in sport solely in current occasions, has accrued medals from 11 totally different disciplines, starting from Aquatics to Yogasana, Badminton to Wrestling and Judo to Shooting. Back in 2015, the vast majority of Gujarat’s 20 medals got here from Tennis and Swimming.

Pooja Patel who gained girls’s gold in Traditional Yogasana, Archer Amita Rathva, who gained a person silver and crew bronze within the Indian Archery occasion, Hinaben Khalifa, who grew to become solely the second lady wrestler from the state to win a National Games medal, are prime examples of the wide selection of performers.

The likes of Olympians Elavenil Valarivan (shooter), Ankita Raina (tennis) and Maana Patel (swimming) have all turn into India stars. Indeed, at Tokyo2020, six girls gamers, together with three para-sportspersons, from the state have been a part of the Indian contingent, which is very commendable.

“We have introduced a very progressive Sports Policy. There are several schemes to not only promote sport at the grassroots level but also to hunt for talent and nurture it,” Arjun Singh Rana, Swarnim Gujarat Sports University Vice-Chancellor, mentioned.

The Shaktidoot scheme itself presently helps 64 hand-picked athletes from 14 sports activities. The DLSS (District Level Sports Course) scheme together with the Khel Mahakumbh have additionally been essential triggers which have seen Gujarat rise from a poorly twenty eighth place within the medal desk in 2011.

“All together, Gujarat’s top sportspersons enjoy financial assistance at every stage of their career, which prepares them to compete at the highest levels in world sport. This is the result of all the hard work that we have put over the years, including the massive investments made in sports infrastructure in tune with our progressive sports policy, ” Arjun Singh Rana added.Gujarat right now additionally boasts of many high-performance centres to coach their athletes, along with world-class stadia.

“The PDDU Stadium in Surat is one of the best indoor facilities that I have seen,” two-time Olympic medal winner PV Sindhu mentioned throughout her go to to Gujarat. “It can host not only the India Open but any mega international tournament too,” she enthused of the stadium, which hosted the nation’s best desk tennis and badminton gamers.

Chief Technical Officer and Chief National Coach of rowing, Ismail Baig could not cease gushing over the Sabarmati course. “It is easily the best in the country. Gujarat can now become the hub for international events,” he declared at the same time as a few Olympians attested that it was even higher than the course used on the Tokyo Olympics.

It can solely be onwards and upward for the progressive state. (ANI)