Addressing the players, the Prime Minister said, ‘You all were competing there but due to the difference of time, crores of Indians were playing in India. Till late night, the eyes of the countrymen were on your every action. Many people slept with alarms that would update your performance. You all have a big role in increasing this interest towards sports and for this you all deserve congratulations.
“An honest assessment of our performance this time is not possible only by the number of medals,” he said. Many of our players were seen playing close matches this time and this too is no less than a medal. The point would have been a gap of one second but we will cover that too because I believe in you.
At the same time, in his speech on the occasion of Independence Day, he said, ‘There are two big challenges before the country. The first is familyism and the second is corruption. There is a dire need to deal with this. Corruption and nepotism are hollowing the country like termites. Familism is such an evil that we need to fight together, I want the support of all Indians in this fight. It damages our talent, capabilities of the nation and gives rise to corruption.