NBA India Games: PM hails 'historic day for sports'

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all in praise for the NBA India Games that concluded Saturday and hailed it as a “historic day for sports in India and India-US relations”.

NBA teams Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings ended their pre-season tour of India with the Pacers sweeping the two-game series 2-0. The first match of the two games played as part of the NBA initiative was played at the NSCI Dome on Friday while the second match was played on Saturday.

“Yesterday (Friday) was a historic day for sports in India and India-USA relations. Mumbai hosted the first ever @NBA match played in India. The game between @Pacers and @SacramentoKings was a treat for sports lovers. Congratulations to both teams for a riveting contest. #NBAIndiaGames (sic.),” PM Modi tweeted on Saturday.

“Basketball is very popular among our youth. The @NBA matches set the stage or rather set the court for greater linkages in sports. I hope more youngsters pursue basketball and also contribute to the Fit India Movement. #NBAIndiaGames,” he further tweeted.