Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is leading by example to make India a sporting nation.
On the sidelines of the ongoing Khelo India Games in Pune, the sports minister displayed his sporting and leadership skills to invoke the passion for sports among fellow countrymen. He played table tennis with both hands while speaking simultaneously to launch the #5MinuteAur challenge as part of the Khelo India movement.
The 2004 Athens Olympic Games silver medallist shotgun shooter, Rathore urged also India’s leading athletes and cinema celebrities to share their childhood stories when they would ask their parents to let them play for that “5MinuteAur” (extra five minutes), adds PTI.
Bas #5MinuteAur-haven’t v all asked fr it-in playgrounds,exam halls or on the phone?
Let’s b the voice of our young athletes & say it loud-
Aur Khelenge Toh Aur Jitenge!
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 9, 2019
Rathore has tagged Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan on twitter to share their stories. “Remember when we used to play in our childhood, that was the exact time when our parents would remind us of our homework. And we would say just five more minutes,” Rathore said in a video message on twitter.
“There was no one to speak for us then but now we have a voice. So why don’t we all speak up for all the kids in the country and say ‘let them play’, five minutes more, play India. Use #5MinuteAur and #KheloIndia and share you five minutes more story.”
In 2017, Rathore had shared a workout video and challenged athletes and film personalities to share their regimens.
The Khelo India Youth Games 2019, which will see a host of athletes in action, officially kick off in Pune Wednesday. The athletes will compete in 18 different disciplines, including six are team sports.
At the Khelo India School Games 2018, Haryana had won 38 gold, 26 silver and 38 bronze medals, while Maharashtra had finished with 36 gold, 32 silver and 42 bronze medals.