Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore’s #5MinuteAur challenge a hit. Saina Nehwal signs up

In his video, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore can be seen playing table tennis with both his hands while he conveys the message for the #5MinuteAur challenge.
In his message, he asks people to share their own ‘five minutes more’ stories and videos using #5MinuteAur and #KheloIndia.(Rajyavardhan Rathore/Twitter)
In his message, he asks people to share their own ‘five minutes more’ stories and videos using #5MinuteAur and #KheloIndia.(Rajyavardhan Rathore/Twitter)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 06:11 PM IST
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By HT Correspondent

Remember as kids we would ask our parents for just five extra minutes to continue playing? Maybe many of us didn’t always get those extra five minutes but now, thanks to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, children today have a better chance of grabbing that extra playtime. The minister has launched a new challenge called the #5MinuteAur and ace badminton player Saina Nehwal has already signed up.

In a video tweeted today, Rathore, an Olympic silver medallist in shooting, can be seeing playing table tennis with both hands as he conveys the message for the challenge.

“Remember when we used to play during our childhood, our parents would remind us of our homework. And we would say ‘just five more minutes’,” Rathore says in the video. “There was no one to speak for us back then but now we have a voice. So why don’t we all speak up for the children in the country and say ‘let them play’ for five minutes more.”

In his message, he asks people to share their own ‘five minutes more’ stories and videos using #5MinuteAur and #KheloIndia. Along with Nehwal, he also tagged Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, and actors Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan to share their stories as well. 

Since being shared earlier today, Rathore’s tweet has received over 4,500 ‘likes’ and more than 1,500 retweets. Tweeple have posted several comments praising the challenge.

“A great initiative... You are the best sports minister India has ever got. Salute to your efforts. My full support to #5MinuteAur,” posted one Twitter user. “I love this video #5MinuteAur,” tweeted another.

The challenge has been accepted by many already who have posted their own videos.

Saina Nehwal posted this video: 

“Great initiative by @Ra_THORe ji for our young talents,” tweeted Kiren Rijiju with his video. 

“Tennis and Cricket are really close to my heart. I have grown up playing them and almost always wanted ‘Bas #5MinuteAur’,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha tweeted. 

The ‘5MinuteAur’ challenge is part of the Khelo India movement. The Khelo India Youth Games 2019 will see a host of athletes in action and officially kick off in Pune Wednesday.

(With PTI Inputs)

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