Visakhapatnam: Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 14th edition of National Inter-District Junior Athletics Meet (NID-JAM) at Ukku stadium here on Friday.
While addressing the athletes across the nation, the Minister said sport is a powerful social tool that brings together people from different ethnic, cultural, religious, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds. It plays an important role in improving the physical and mental health.
He added that sports should be an integral part of our everyday life. “Some people think that sports are important only for the physical well-being, I feel sports is important for overall development of an individual”, he said. “We are a large and diverse nation. Sports can be a great means of national integration. Healthy people make a healthy nation. If everybody is active and healthy, they can lead a happy life. The importance of health in our country is acknowledged over the ages through the saying ‘Aarogyame Maha Bhagyam’ which means ‘Health is Wealth,” he said.
3,300 young athletes, comprising 2,000 Boys and 1,300 Girls from 324 Districts all over the country are competing in the three-day event.