I could have been a footballer: Ranbir Kapoor

first_imgRanbir KapoorHe won over both the masses and the critics with his good looks and acting chops but while growing up Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor had his heart set on being a football player.He let that dream go but the 28-year-old actor is now campaigning to make sports a part of school curriculums across the country with the ‘Fit India Movement’, a campaign launched by NDTV in collaboration with Nirmal Lifestyle.”I loved football, but I did not have anybody to guide me about making it a career. If Indian children have the coaches and the facilities that are available abroad, we will be world champions,” said Kapoor who is the brand ambassador of the campaign.The actor was in Delhi to launch the first phase of the campaign called ‘Marks For Sports’ and shared the stage with ace shooter Gagan Narang, billiards champion Pankaj Advani, Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, boxing champion Vijender Singh and former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.”It all begins at the school level and Marks for Sports is a campaign that will help discover the talent that our children have and sports teaches you so much. Other than making you fit, it teaches you discipline, motivation and team spirit,” said the actor who entered the venue on a bicycle.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Manjit Singh proud to win gold for India

first_imgManjit Singh was a proud man after winning a historic gold medal for India at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday.Manjit Singh won gold while Jinson Johnson won silver in the men’s 800 metre race as Indian athletes continued to dominate the tracks in Indonesia.”Expected to win a gold. My preparations were good so expected to beat not just Jinson but others too. We are good friends, Jinson is a good athlete. It’s a gift for me and more importantly it’s for my country. I want to win gold in Olympics as well,” Manjit said.Manjit clocked 1:46.15 while Johnson clocked 1:46.35 to make it a memorable double for India.ASIAN GAMES DAY 10 WRAP | HIGHLIGHTSPlenty was expected from Majit and Johnson and they did not disappoint.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSThis is the third time India have won two medals in the men’s 800m race at the Asian Games.In 1951, Ranjit Singh had won gold while Kulwant Singh won silver. In 1962, Daljit Singh won a silver medal and Amrit Pal finished with a bronze.Asian Games 2018: India win silver in first ever Mixed 4x400m relayOverall, this was India’s sixth gold medal in the men’s 800m race.In June, Johnson ran one of the most memorable races in recent times as he smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati. His effort there had helped him book a ticket for the Asian Games as the qualification mark was 1:47.50.advertisement”Very happy with our performance to win gold and silver. We were targetting a podium finish. Manjit did very well, we wished each other to do well before the race,” Johnson said.last_img read more