Vijay Goel, Mary Kom launch campaign to wish Indian Olympic team

Sports Minister Vijay Goel and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Tuesday wished the Rio Olympics-bound athletes luck and launched a ‘Digital Campaign of Wishes’ for the Indian contingent.

Minister of State Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel and boxer Mary Kom pose after inaugurating ‘Wall Of Wishes’ & ‘Digital Campaign of Wishes’ for Indian Olympic contingent at India Gate in New Delhi.   -  PTI

Sports Minister Vijay Goel and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Tuesday wished the Rio Olympics-bound athletes luck and launched a ‘Digital Campaign of Wishes’ for the Indian contingent.

In order to promote awareness about the Olympic Games in the country, Goel inaugurated ‘Wall of Wishes’ at India Gate Lawns here at a function which was attended by Sports Authority of India (SAI) DG Injeti Srinivas, sports secretary Rajiv Yadav, besides Mary Kom. “We have tried to connect public with Olympics. People who come to India Gate can write their wishes for the Indian athletes in the wall,” Goel told reporters even as a sizeable crowd watched the unveiling of the ‘Wall of Wishes’.

“We are launching an exhibition at Central Park in Connaught Place from August 5th to 21st, where matches will be screened 24x7 and people can watch the Games and also take selfies with the cut-outs of the Rio-bound Indian athletes. “We have also launched a campaign on Twitter. You can wish and support the Rio-bound athletes by changing your profile picture on Twitter. You have to tweet #KheloIndia to @indiasports to cheer and demonstrate solidarity with the Indian players,” he added.

The Sports Minister said that youngsters can also send their wishes for the Indian Olympians on the Narendra Modi Mobile App (NM APP). London Olympics bronze medallist Mary Kom said: “My best wishes are always with the Indian contingent. My love and support are always with them and I hope they give their best and win medals.

“Representing the country and winning a medal is a different feeling. All the players want to give their best and perform on that and I wish them all the best.”

This initiative comes after the ‘RUN FOR RIO’ event organised by Sports Ministry, which saw around 20,000 school children and youth participate in a 5km run last Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged it off at the National Stadium.