The #5MinuteAur challenge put forward by Sports Minister and 2004 Summer Olympic Silver medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has taken the country by storm, with its message of promoting sports appealing every citizen of India.
Ever since it got surfaced on the internet, a number of prominent personalities have taken it up. One of those is badminton sensation Saina Nehwal. On her official Twitter handle, she applauded Col. Rathore for coming up with such an idea, and further requested her peers to follow it.
"I would like to thank Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for nominating me for the #5MinuteAur challenge. It is a brilliant initiative in a country where sports is growing and talent is in abundance. I would like to speak about my story. When I started playing badminton at the summer camp, I always used to tell my parents that I want to play five minutes more. I think it is because of my desire to play five more minutes, and their support that I have reached this level. The difference that five minutes can make in someone's life cannot be expressed. Today, whatever I have achieved and wherever I stand is only because of my desire to play that extra five minutes," Nehwal said in the video while recollecting a memory from her past.
Col Rathore had surfaced this challenge on Wednesday morning, when he shared a video asking the people of the country to realise the importance of sports and play five minutes extra.
The #5MinuteAur initiative talks about how kids ask their parents and teachers for more time to play when they are asked to study. Inviting the new age to participate in the #5MinuteAur initiative, Rajyavardhan Rathore has asked them to share their stories with the world in order to extend support for the voices of the young athletes.