Chetan Chauhan urges parents to let children play sports daily

Chetan Chauhan said parents should limit their children’s eating of junk food, pizzas and burgers so as to help them be fit © AFP

Noida: Jul 27, 2013

Former Indian Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan on Saturday said parents need to play a bigger role in their child’s fitness and make them play some sport daily for at least two hours.

“My advice to parents is that they should let their children go out and play for two hours daily so that they remain fit,” Chauhan, who is also the vice-president of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) said on Saturday.

He was at the inauguration of a cricket academy named after former India all-rounder Chandu Borde at the Noida campus of the Global Indian International School (GIIS).

“You should make your kids indulge in some sporting activity between 4 pm and 6 pm daily. Schools nowadays close by around 2.30 pm and hence these two hours of sports will keep the child fit,” he said.

Chauhan said that these two hours would also help children lead a disciplined life. Some physical activity in the evening would mean that they would get tired, making them go to bed early.

“Also, restrict their eating pizzas, burgers and other junk food to just once a week,” said Chauhan.

Concurring with Chauhan, Borde said home food is the best food for children.

“Always feed your children homemade food. The food made by my Amma [mother] was always the best food for me when I was a kid,” Borde, 79, said while launching the academy.

The Chandu Borde Global Cricket Academy (CBGCA) in Noida is the third such campus in India, the other two being in the GIIS campuses of Indore and Surat.

Headquartered in Singapore, the GIIS network of schools is run by the Global Schools Foundation (GSF) and has campuses in seven Asian countries.

Borde is the vice-president of the GSF.

“I am truly delighted that the academy has been named after me and am deeply honoured,” Borde, who represented India in 55 Tests and was chairman of the national cricket selection committee twice, said.

“I hope to see a player from GIIS playing for Delhi soon as sports today is a very good career option,” he said, adding that cricketers at the Ranji level are earning well now.