"Let these Games become a springboard for bringing peace and prosperity in the region through business, interaction and sporting activities", PM Modi said in his address in front of a packed Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.

"The friendships you would form over these 12 days and the memories you take back will last you a lifetime...On the sports field, we can forget what separates us and we can truly connect with each other in the spirit of sportsmanship and adventure", he added.

The Prime Minister said the Games are an opportunity for the region to explore opportunities of growth.
"All South Asian countries are partners in our journey towards development...My vision for South Asia is same as my vision for India - Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas", he added.

This meet celebrates togetherness of all South Asian Nations. This sports meet is perfect blend of three Ts - Teamwork, togetherness and talent.

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