Rajyavardhan Rathore launches ‘5MinuteAur’ challenge

Rajyavardhan Rathore, India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, launches the challenge on Twitter as part of the Khelo India movement.

Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Twitter, said: "Why don’t we all speak up for all the kids in the country and say ‘let them play’, five minutes more, play India." Photo: PTI

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, on Wednesday launched a 5MinuteAur challenge on Twitter as part of the Khelo India movement.

Rathore urged India’s leading athletes and actors to share their childhood stories when they would ask their parents to let them play for five more minutes. He 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 the social media platform.

 

“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 challenged athletes and film personalities to share there workout regimens.

Champions in action

The Khelo India Youth Games 2019, which will see a host of athletes in action, officially kicks off in Pune on Wednesday.

Among those in action will be champion shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary, world cadet champion wrestlers Anshu and Sonam, Olympian athlete Jisna Mathew, Youth Olympics gold medallist weight-lifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga, budding tennis player Mahak Jain and swimming star Srihari Nataraj.

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The athletes will compete in 18 different disciplines, including six team sports.

At the Khelo India School Games 2018, Haryana won 38 gold, 26 silver and 38 bronze medals, while Maharashtra finished with 36 gold, 32 silver and 42 bronze medals.