To commemorate the one year completion of the ‘Fit India’ movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with some of country’s prominent fitness influencers. This included the likes of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, model-actor and runner Milind Soman and nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar.
Speaking to Virat, The Prime Minister discussed a wide range of fitness related topics. The Prime Minister enquired to Virat about the much hyped “yo yo test,” which is considered a vital excersise to establish a player’s fitness and paves the path for selection in national cricket team for a tournament or series. He asked whether even the Captain of the team is expected to go though it to prove his fitness or does he receive in exemptions.
Kohli, smiling, replied, “This Test was very important from a fitness point of view. If we talk about the global fitness level, our fitness level is still low compared to other teams and we want to take it up, which is a basic requirement.” The gruelling routine has two sets of cones that are 20 metres apart. Once the beep is sounded, the athlete has to reach the marker on the other side by the time the next beep sounds, turn and get back to where he started before the third beep. The frequency of the beeps gradually increases for the subsequent runs.
Kohli, who is currently in the UAE for the ongoing 13th IPL, said even he has to clear the test to get selected for the India team. “I’m the one who goes running first and this is the condition that if I fail that I am also not available for selection. It is important to set that culture and it will lead to an improvement in overall fitness levels.”
The Prime Minister, also teased Virat about “Delhi’s Chhole bhature,” a dish which the ace cricketer is known to have relished in his young days. The PM said that the dish must’ve taken a loss as Virat is no longer allowed to consume high fat food.
Laughing heartily at PM Modi’s comment, Kohli said that it must have suffered a lot. He added that during childhood, he used to eat anything but as he started playing, things changed very fast. “There was no problem in our skills, but fitness was impacting, necessitating a change in diet,” he said.
Also present were actor, model and runner Milind Soman and nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar. Modi also interacted with Afshan, who hit the headlines in 2017 as a stone pelter in Srinagar.
The 25-year-old played as goalkeeper in J&K women’s football team and later played in the Indian Women’s League in 2019 for FC Kolhapur City. She also trains youngsters in Srinagar.