The recent inauguration of the ‘Narendra Modi’ stadium took place with much fanfare prior to the third test between India and England. It has come with added promises and plans made by the government of India.
Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister has reiterated that Ahmedabad would become a sports city in the coming years and gave a hint to ardent sports fans and sportsperson about what to expect in the near future.
Along with the stadium, a ceremony was performed to lay the foundation of a world-class complex within the stadium that would be available for sports such as hockey, tennis, basketball, football and several others. The government also promised to build a 17-acre sports complex in the Naranpura area of the city that would provide ample facilities for several sports played at the Olympics.
Amit Shah was quoted by PTI saying, “The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave, the Narendra Modi Stadium and the sports complex at Naranpura will offer complete facilities within the same city at the same place of any sport played internationally. With all these facilities, Ahmedabad will be in a position to get ready within 6 months to host the Olympics.”
He stated that not many cities in the country can boast of having such facilities and it is this very feature that will make Ahmedabad one of India’s leading cities for the promotion and development of sports. Moreover, there are also developments being made to connect all the sporting facilities with proper infrastructure given that everything is within a 50km radius and not too far off from each other. The emphasis is to push Gujarat to develop a niche for sports and fitness, keeping in line with the phrase “Khelo Gujarat”.
The inauguration stone of Narendra Modi stadium. (Photo credits: The Hindu)
He also touched upon the vision of Narendra Modi when he presided over the Gujarat Cricket Association as the President several years ago and aimed to make the stadium not just the world’s largest cricket stadium but also the world's largest sports stadium. All these statements were made after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the stadium. Other leaders who were present were Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and the Governor of Gujarat, Acharya Devvrat.