Chief Minister Inaugurates The GFI Tour 2024, Hosted By The Golf Federation Of India
Sat, 03 Feb, 2024
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:-
The number of sports centres at the district level in Gujarat has increased eightfold over the past two decades.
In 2010, the Prime Minister elevated Gujarat's global standing by initiating the Khel Mahakumbh.
Organizing the GFI Tour with the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra theme is the "Right Job at the Right Time”.
The tour aims to connect villages with golf by enhancing education, health, and other services through events in over 25 cities
Gandhinagar 03 February 2024: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has urged to propel India forward by harnessing the power of youth across various sectors, spanning from sports to startups. The Prime Minister has given the "Fit India" mantra with the motto "Khele Te Khille". Golf, as a sport, necessitates fitness, skill, and scalability. Concurrently, the Chief Minister has considered the organization of the GFI TOUR with the theme "Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra" in Ahmedabad a Right Job at The Right Time.
Addressing the audience at the inauguration of the GFI TOUR 2024 organized by the Golf Federation at Kensville, Ahmedabad. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel emphasized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support for integrating sports into daily life. The CM stated that sports instil qualities such as patience, agility, concentration, and cleanliness, while also fostering physical and mental development. Under the slogan "Ramshe Gujarat, Jitshe Gujarat," both young and old have enthusiastically embraced the sport. The Prime Minister's initiation of Khel Mahakumbh in 2010 has elevated Gujarat's global stature. Kensville stands as a testament to the sports culture and ecosystem fostered by the Prime Minister's visionary approach, the CM further noted.
Emphasizing that Gujarat is now recognized for sports as much as for business, the Chief Minister highlighted the state's growing proficiency in building sports facilities, and infrastructure and hosting sporting events. A prime demonstration of this competence is showcased in the hosting of the golf tournament at Kensville.
The Chief Minister highlighted that in the last two decades, the number of sports centres at the district level in Gujarat has increased eightfold. Currently, the state has 24 state-of-the-art sports complexes, including a multi-utility sports centre covering 22 acres in Naranpura, the expansive Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave spanning 233 acres, and the world's largest Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium. These remarkable infrastructural developments highlight Gujarat's significance in the sports domain. Moreover, referencing the successful organization of the 36th National Games within a notably brief period, the Chief Minister expressed confidence in Gujarat's readiness to host the Olympics in 2036, under the Prime Minister's guidance.
Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, India has attained noteworthy achievements across diverse sectors such as infrastructure, education, tourism, trade, health, hospitality, and sports. Government initiatives have ensured that development reaches the farthest corners of the nation. The Prime Minister has termed the Gram Panchayat as the grassroots pillar of good governance. An exemplary display of community engagement is seen in Sarpanch Samvaad (Sarpanch organizes dialogues). The Chief Minister suggests that through collaboration with rural communities and local governing bodies, sports can catalyze community empowerment, sanitation, education, entrepreneurship, and holistic development.
Adopting the Prime Minister's vision of green growth, the state government is actively pursuing efforts for tree plantation, green energy, and green mobility to foster environmentally friendly development. Following the celebration of the Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi, the Chief Minister emphasised the importance of transitioning from the "Amrit Kaal" to "Kartavya Kaal" (period of duty and responsibility).
Significantly, the GFI TOUR 2024 will be held in over twenty-five cities, aiming to bridge the gap between rural areas and golf by enhancing services such as education and healthcare. At today's event, the Chief Minister distributed musical instruments to disabled children. Also present at the event, were Shri Jakshay Shah, Chairman of QCI and Brand Ambassador of GFI TOUR 2024, and Shri Aryaveer Arya, Founder of GFI, along with other Federation members, invited dignitaries, and students.