India is a country of around 1.3 billion people with the population rising at a rapid pace. The huge count of the people in the country clearly explains the competition India has, be it in any field. When it comes to sports, it becomes an uphill task for any player to make it to the national squad and represent the country.
Considering all of these factors, the expectations of people from the players representing India at the highest level are extremely high, and, in return, the pressure on the players to perform is obvious. At times, the pressure plays a big role in a players' unimpressive performance at the highest level. In a bid to eradicate the problem and see the players give their best in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people not to create pressure on the players and encourage them with open arms.
In a recent episode of 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday, PM Modi acknowledged the hard work and sacrifice of the Tokyo Olympic-bound Indian players. He pointed out that the players are not going just to play for themselves but also for the nation. "These players have to make the nation proud and meanwhile win the hearts of the people. Hence, I want to suggest my countrymates that we shouldn't put pressure on these players and rather encourage them," the PM added.
"Let us #Cheer4India" - PM Modi
To give a boost to the Tokyo-bound players' morale, PM Modi initiated '#Cheer4India' campaign. He urged the people to congratulate the Indian players for the Games via the trend. Meanwhile, the leader also welcomed any further innovative idea from the people that could support the Indian players going to Tokyo.
The Tokyo Games that got postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic are slated to start on July 23 and conclude on August 8.