MS Dhoni says Olympic medals can come if the youth are encouraged to take up outdoor sports

India captain MS Dhoni said that Olympic medals will remain elusive for the the country until the couch loving youth turn to outdoor sport.

PTI, Nov, 09 2016

New Delhi: India limited overs cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said that Olympic medals will remain elusive for the the country until the couch loving youth turn to outdoor sport.

File image of MS Dhoni. AFP

File image of MS Dhoni. AFP

"We have to throw the kids out of the house to play sport. It will not only help them stay active but also help them in their academics," said Dhoni at the announcement of the a tie up between Seven, a lifestyle brand named after him, and Jabong.

"We often say we don't win medals at Olympics. But we don't realise how many of our youth is playing outdoor sport. A lot of the kids are hooked to electronic gadgets."

"So my suggestion to all the parents is throw your children out of the house. Let them play in the heat. Let them find their own way," he said.

Dhoni flew in here from Spain, where he was part of another promotional event.

The 35-year-old, who now only plays ODIs and T20s, has a long break from international cricket with India hosting England for a five-match Test series till December 20.

Before the limited overs series against England begins on 15 January, Dhoni will be seen in action during domestic one-day tournament.

Published Date: Nov 09, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 09, 2016



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