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Saina Nehwal flags off the ‘Fit Family Fest’ in Bangalore

Indrani Thakurata

Over 1200 enthusiasts came together today and participated at the Herbalife Nutrition ‘Fit Families Fest’ celebrating togetherness and fitness.

The Fit Families Fest by Herbalife Nutrition, was held at Embassy Manyata Business Park, Bangalore today. The fest was an effort to motivate families, celebrate and raise awareness about the role of a healthy, active lifestyle coupled with good nutrition for long-term health and wellbeing.

India’s Star Badminton Player and Senior National Badminton Champion and Herbalife Sponsored Athlete Saina Nehwal flagged off the Fit Families Fest along with Mary Kom.

Speaking on the initiative, Senior Badminton National Champion Saina Nehwal says, “Herbalife Nutrition has always demonstrated unique and innovative ideas to spread the good word of fitness and a healthy, active lifestyle. Bringing families to celebrate togetherness and fitness is a step in the right direction to motivate people to stay fin – in a fun way”. We caught up with her for a freewheeling chat.

Congratulations on your recent win against Olympic silver medallist and World No.2 PV Sindhu in a high-quality final. This is your third women’s singles national title. How does it feel.

It is just a game. It feels alright. Winning is all that matters. In between I was struggling with some injury, I am happy that I have been able to play to my satisfaction.

You were quoted saying that ‘you were surprised by your movement in that game’..

Absolutely. I was happy to move the way I did.

You have helped reinstate the fact the age is just a number, because at 27 you along with USA’s Beiwen Zhang,are the oldest among the top-15 women in the BWF singles rankings. So what does this take?

I don’t know why they keep making a big deal out of this. I am not 34, I am just 27, and if I am fit, I will play as long as I can. Fitness is important, and just because many have exited younger doesn’t mean that too have to do that.

Many push ups that you hate?? Your workout videos are inspirational..

I hate all workouts but it is just a small thing that we do for the game. Yes, I did write that on my Twitter, but didn’t mean it that way. Many women who watch these videos feel that if I can do it, so can they. And that’s nice.

Do you have your eyes set For 2020 (Tokyo Olympics)

I said this before and I repeat. I don’t know as of now. I am taking each day as it comes. If I am fit, I might but it is in the future and therefore can’t talk about it right away.

Recently, Prakash Padukone was quoted saying that all the top players should sit down with the coaches and pick tournaments they will play well in advance and not play all and exhaust themselves..your views?

Yes, I agree with what he is saying. But it is very difficult to choose between tournaments, most of them are important. So, we end up playing back to back. When you play just the important ones, then the aim is to channelize all energy to win the match.

How do you see the future of Badminton…Who after you and Sindhu?

I see a bright future. There are many youngsters who are doing well, right now I can’t take names, but I see them coming up.

Talk about your biopic..

Shraddha Kapoor is working hard on it. She is training well for the movie.