2014 FIFA World Cup: Sports brings spirit of togetherness, tweets Narendra Modi

With football fever gripping India or rather the whole world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that sports brought a spirit of togetherness.

Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014, 03:28 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: With football fever gripping India or rather the whole world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that sports brought a spirit of togetherness and that FIFA World Cup would become a bridge to connect nations of the world

Modi posted on the micro blogging site Twitter - “Football has emerged as a very popular sport among the youth and am sure youngsters will be following the World Cup with great enthusiasm.”

In another post he said - “Sports brings a spirit of togetherness. Am sure FIFA World Cup will become a bridge to connect nations of the world.”

Modi on Thursday released commemorative postage stamps on the 2014 FIFA World Cup and used the occasion to underline the need of inculcating the love of sports among children within the country with his slogan "jo khele, wo hi khile" (those who play develop well), PTI reported.

Recalling India`s "glorious" history in football as it was a prominent sport across the country at one point of time, he said India too is preparing to host the Under-17 FIFA World Cup.

Referring to the term "Sportsman Spirit", the Prime Minister referred to the toil and penance of countless sportspersons across the world, which resulted in this term getting such universal acceptance and recognition in a positive sense.

"If there is no sport, how can there be sportsman spirit in society. Sportsman Spirit is a lubricant for the health of the society which is essential for it to prosper," he said.

With PTI inputs