About eight years ago, the World Badminton Federation launched the India Open, and today, India is a significant part of World Tour Circuit. The ongoing Badminton Championship in New Delhi is a part of this world tour event, making it one of the 12 prime tournaments held globally.

India’s Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday inaugurated the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open Badminton World Federation Super Series World Tour. During the ceremony, he congratulated Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, who spearheads the activities at Badminton Association of India (BAI).

Naidu said that the association has been working hard and it will make sure to help India attain the No.1 position in World Badminton.

sports should be taken up as a profession, said India’s Vice President. Naidu said that children and youth must be encouraged to pursue sports as a full-time profession. During the ceremony, he also conferred the Life Time Achievement Award to Prakash Padukone, a veteran Badminton player and father of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. He said that sports is a core area for nation building, as it brings people together. “While some call it ‘mass frenzy,’ I prefer to call it ‘sacred fire,’” he said. It is an intense combination of emotions, excitement and aspirations that unite and “throb into a single heart beat,” called Bharat, he said.

He also stressed the need fo facilities and infrastructure that would help hone the skills and thereby enable an effective nation-building process.

Naidu said that India has a great future for badminton. With the advent of technology, IT revolution and social media, the role of sports in nation building will only help the country grow, the Vice President said.

High hopes for badminton

Currently, cricket is the country’s most-watched game, uniting Indians across the world. The Vice President said that India, besides cricket, has seen best performers in sports, such as football, hockey, tennis, kabaddi, billiards, boxing, fencing and archery. He said that he has high hopes for badminton too.

He said that while Indians should understand that every sport cannot attain popularity like cricket, “each has its own temporal and spacial life.” Naidu said that Badminton is here to stay and he hopes the players will big and make India proud.

Modi addresses NCC corps

Addressing the National Cadet Corps (NCC) rally at New Delhi on Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated every cadet. He said that the youth who joined this Tri-Services Organization, did so out of their own free will. This reflects their personality, identity and their willingness to serve the country, he said.

He said that being a part of the NCC gave volunteers an opportunity to forge new friendships, learn life lessons, and ideas and best practices to help serve the country better.

He said that being a part of NCC is not about flaunting the uniform, but to learn how to inspire and motivate others. Everything that’s learnt during the time spent at the NCC is an experience of a life time and it will remain with the cadets forever, the Prime Minister said. Modi appealed to the NCC stakeholders to make the experience even more efficient and effective. The Prime Minister urged the stakeholders to think about the plan of action for the next five years, when NCC turns 75.

Shedding light on corruption, Modi said that the youth of India have become conscious and are trying their best to eradicate evil and corruption in the nation. “The Indian now refuse to accept corruption,” he said.

The Prime Minister assured that he will continue to fight the evil forces to stop corruption and black money.

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