Praising the Gujarat government for stepping in to host the National Games, India’s former star badminton player Pullela Gopichand said that if the state could host such a big event in such a short time it was possible for it to host the Olympics Games too.
“If we can organise an event with 20,000 people so grandly in Gujarat, I am confident that we can host the Olympics too, which assembles only 11,000 people,” said Pullela Gopichand. Speaking at Gujarat’s #GoForGujarat initiative to motivate the state’s athletes to aim for a Top 5 position in the Games, Gopichand praised the planned large-scale organisation of the National Games. “I am so happy that after seven years National Games are taking place in Gujarat and would like to congratulate the Central as well as State government for such a massive scale of organisation for the Games,” the Dronacharya awardee reckons.
Speaking in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel, Gopichand said that it was not an easy task to take up the challenge of organising such a big event.
“It is a big challenge and you have not only taken up that challenge but now organising it on a grand scale. I would like to congratulate each member of the team for this wonderful event,” the former All-England champion said.