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PM Narendra Modi flags off "Run for Rio" in New Delhi, urges athletes to give their best
Flagging off the "Run for Rio" at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi on July 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the athletes of the Indian contingent to work hard to earn their places by giving their best for the country at the Rio Olympics.

Expressing confidence in the participating athletes' performance, Modi said that they would win the hearts of people across the world through their sporting spirit and behavior.

Wishing success to all athletes in the Olympic Games, Modi stated, "Sports is a necessity of life. Let everyone play and shine." He also urged the participants to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from today itself, stated an official release. He called on 'every district of the country to ensure that at least one athlete from the district qualifies for the Olympics next time'.

Further, Modi released the Olympic brochure for the public. It is worth noting that this time the Indian contingent has been sent in advance for the event so that players could get familiar with the conditions in Rio.

The 2016 Summer Olympics - the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, or Rio 2016 - is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August. This time, a record number of countries are participating in a record number of sports.

It has been stated that more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including first time entrants Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part in the event.

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