Silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics and Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday urged the youth of the nation to simply go out and play, ahead of the second edition of the annual Khelo India Youth Games.
The minister posted a video on microblogging site Twitter and asked netizens to share their experiences with the hashtags #5MinuteAur and #KheloIndia, in an attempt to push more kids to take up sports in our country.
"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- #5MinuteAur #KheloIndia Aur Khelenge Toh Aur Jitenge!(sic)," wrote Rathore along with a video. The minister also tagged Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Deepika Padukone, and Salman Khan to take up the challenge.
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- #5MinuteAur #KheloIndiaAur Khelenge Toh Aur Jitenge!Share ur story of #5MinuteAur @imVkohli @NSaina @deepikapadukone @BeingSalmanKhan pic.twitter.com/dg91JfzN7z— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 9, 2019
Appreciating the initiative, BJP MP Jayant Sinha lauded the minister and posted a video of himself sweating it out on a tennis court.
Fantastic initiative by @Ra_THORe for our young talent. 🇮🇳💪Tennis and Cricket are really close to my heart.🏏🎾 I have grown up playing them and almost always wanted 'Bas #5MinuteAur'I invite @msdhoni @KirenRijiju @ianuragthakur & @ManojTiwariMP to share their stories. pic.twitter.com/HONKKq80nk— Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) January 9, 2019
As for the Twitter-verse, people were delighted and extended their support to the initiative.
Indian leadership needs more of your likes, Sir.Salute.— Akhill Pratap (@MajorAkhill) January 9, 2019
U r great sports minister india ever had...god bless u always and wish u come again to power and become sport minister and take indian sports to a new high...👍👍👍— teji78 (@tejinagi) January 9, 2019
you are the best India has ever got as a sports minister..— Satyam Trivedi (@satyam3vedi) January 9, 2019
Really a great initiative!आज भी मन करता है, बस #5MinuteAur— Kanwar Sameer 🇮🇳 (@kanwarsameer) January 9, 2019
A great initiative... You are the best sports Minister India had ever got. Salute to your efforts. 👍. My full support to #5MinuteAur .— Om Mishra (@ommishra2899) January 9, 2019
I've got no qualms in saying this, you're the coolest Sports Minister India has ever had😀— Aashwin Sharma (@sober_punjabi) January 9, 2019