Modi and President Maithripala Sirisena jointly inaugurated a state-of-the-art stadium that was recently renovated with India’s help in Jaffna today.
Some 8000 people have also joined the event at Duraiappah Stadium where a yoga demonstration is also being organised ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21. In 2014, the United Nations had declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day.
The stadium, named in honour of former mayor of Jaffna late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by India at a cost of over Rs.7 crore. This is the first major event at the renovated stadium.
In his address, PM Modi said, “India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress.”
He said, Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on Yoga Day.
“Our relations are not limited to confines of our two governments but reside in our rich culture, art and language, ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.
“The Duraiappah stadium is not just brick and mortar but a symbol of economic development,” PM Modi said, adding, “Last year I was in Jaffna, the warmth and affection I received from the people is still fresh in my mind.”
On his part, the Sri Lankan president thanked India for providing the financial assistance for renovating the stadium and said, “This is a historic occasion which will strengthen relations between India and Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette)