The Prime Minister had on Thursday released commemorative postage stamps on the 2014 Fifa World Cup ahead of the inauguration of the tournament in Brazil.
Modi said the sport brings about a spirit of amity and belongingness among nations of the world. He hoped the World Cup become a bridge for connecting nations together.
He used to occasion to underline the need inculcating the love of sports among children within the country with his slogan "jo khele, wo hi khile" (those who play develop well).
Modi said that India is preparing to host the under-17 Fifa World Cup and also recalled the glorious history of football in India. He also urged the department of posts to develop a website on the history of Indian football.