Even at the ripe age of 94 he has a massive appetite for medals. In the Asian Masters Athletic Championship in Bangalore Captain CK Nair had won three medals, two gold and a silver. Despite his relatives’ mounting complaints that they don’t have enough space to keep his medals and trophies he is getting ready to give youngsters a run for their money at the national veterans’ athletic meet in Assam (March).
Hurdle was Nair’s first love but when the authorities stopped this stream for 70-plus veterans he switched over to the sprint. In Asian masters’ meet he notched up gold in 200 and 400 metres and sliver in 100 m sprint. A national champion (90-95 age group) for many years, of late he has lost the count of medals he amassed.
For the sports enthusiasts of this north Kerala town (famous for its sevens football and martial art Kalaripayattu) he is the role model. Whenever they come across his 1976-model Vijay Deluxe scooter they gently give him way. And some worried parents often stop his Vijay to seek a few tips to keep their flabby wards fine and fit.
Nair, who joined the Madras Sappers in 1935, firmly believes there is no shortcut to success. “Without discipline you wouldn’t achieve anything in life. Parents and teachers play a key role in shaping a youngster’s future,” he believes strongly.
His day starts at 5 in the morning. In thirty minutes he will be at the medical college grounds for his usual stroll. “I spend two hours for my workout and thrice a week I go for swimming. I always fill my belly half,” he explained his secret of energy. Earlier he used to gulp one or two drinks, but of late he stopped it completely. “My wife doesn’t like the smell these days. So I stopped it,” he has no qualm in admitting it. Though his wife Devaki Nair (89) is a bit worried about his craze, she supports him in all his endeavors.