Rahul Gandhi also Aikido enthusiast; coach spills the beans
Even as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has rekindled hopes of partymen that under his leadership, the party can hope to return to power, he won a new set of fans after he admitted the significance of sports in his life at the annual meet of the PHD Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
It need be mentioned that Rahul Gandhi at an event hosted recently had been asked by boxer Vijendra Singh why politicians were not active in sports. To this the Congress vice-president replied that he holds a black belt in Japanese martial art Aikido.
Following the answer, Twitter was abuzz with Rahul’s comments on the importance of sports.
So media found eventually that that Sensei Paritos Kar is the Aikido coach of Rahul Gandhi. The coach shares his memories with the Gandhi scion.
“I met Rahul Gandhi in 2009 and we have been practising together ever since. We have not been able to practise for the last three months, but have always been regular with our sessions,” said Kar.
Recounting the practice sessions, Kar said that Rahul practised with his two other friends at his 12 Tughlaq Lane House.
He said that his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Vadra too visited often to watch the training sessions.
Kar said that in 2013, Aikido master had come to India from Japan. Rahul appeared for a test before the master which he passed. He was subsequently awarded the black belt.