Neeraj Chopra launches outreach programme, interacts with school children in Ahmedabad
Chopra met with students from 75 schools and emphasized a balanced diet, fitness and sport during an interaction organized at Ahmedabad's Sanskardham School.
Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra on Saturday launched an ambitious outreach programme that connects India's ace athletes with school children. On the occasion, he met with students from 75 schools and emphasized a balanced diet, fitness and sport during an interaction organized at Ahmedabad's Sanskardham School.
Neeraj played a variety of sport with the students and gave them tips on throwing the javelin. He held them in thrall with his spontaneous responses to their curious queries, his inimitable story-telling style endearing him to his attentive audience.
He drew applause when, in response to what his favourite food is, he described how 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. "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 interaction of all Olympians and Paralympians with students from 75 schools each in a span of two years to motivate the youngsters to have "santulit ahaar" or a balanced diet and take on fitness activities.
He also shared tips on eating right, a correct fitness regime and also some important life lessons. Neeraj also spoke about the Fit India quiz, the biggest sports and fitness quiz. "I was surprised to hear some answers the students gave me and commend their knowledge. They can reach greater heights with the right kind of discipline and dedication," he said.
Earlier, Neeraj was felicitated by the management of the Sanskardham Educational Society. He praised the work being done by society and lauded the commitment and dedication in empowering students to prepare for the future.
Tarundeep Rai (Archery), Sarthak Bhambhri (Athletics), Sushila Devi (Judo), KC Ganapaty and Varun Thakkar (Sailing) will be visiting schools in other 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.