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Neeraj Chopra interacts with students, launches outreach programme

The javelin thrower launched an outreach programme that connects India’s ace athletes with school children, stated a release from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: December 4, 2021 9:10:08 pm
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Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra Saturday shared tips on eating right and maintaining a fitness regime during his interaction with students from over 75 schools at Sanskardham, a school affiliated with the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The javelin thrower also launched an outreach programme that connects India’s ace athletes with school children, stated a release from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Chopra played a variety of sports with the students and gave them tips on throwing the javelin. When asked if what was his favourite food, Chopra said he liked to cook vegetable biryani, without making it spicy, and have it with curd. “It is a wholesome, healthy meal with minerals from the right mix of vegetables and carbohydrates,” he said adding, “Also, the cooking helps distract the mind from the weariness after a long training session.”

A brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the outreach envisages all Olympians and Paralympians interacting with students from 75 schools each in a span of two years to motivate youngsters to have a balanced diet and take on fitness activities. The initiative is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

As part of the programme, Tarundeep Rai (Archery), Sarthak Bhambhri (Athletics), Sushila Devi (Judo), KC Ganapaty and Varun Thakkar (Sailing) will be visiting various schools in different parts of the country in the coming two months. Among the Paralympians, Avani Lekhara (Para Shooting), Bhavina Patel (Para Table Tennis) and Devendra Jhajharia (Para Athletics) will lead the way in the initiative.

“When he hosted us after the Olympics, the Prime Minister shared his vision for a new, healthier and fitter India. I am happy to set the ball rolling in this special initiative of visiting schools, and in my own way, sharing some knowledge that can help the students and realise the Prime Minister’s dream of India becoming a more sporting nation,” Chopra said.

About the Fitness quiz, Chopra said, “I was surprised to hear some answers the students gave me and commended their knowledge. They can reach greater heights with the right kind of discipline and dedication”.

Chopra was felicitated by the management of the Sanskardham Educational Society.

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