Indian PM Narendra Modi accepts fitness challenge by cricket captain Virat Kohli

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) has accepted a fitness challenge thrown by the country's cricket captain Virat Kohli.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) has accepted a fitness challenge thrown by the country's cricket captain Virat Kohli. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, AFP

NEW DELHI (XINHUA) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (May 24) accepted a fitness challenge thrown by the country's cricket captain Virat Kohli.

"Challenge accepted, Virat! I will be sharing my own #FitnessChallenge video soon," Mr Modi tweeted.

The Indian cricket skipper on Wednesday accepted Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's fitness challenge and, in turn, threw the same on Mr Modi, and also his wife Anushka Sharma.

"I have accepted the #FitnessChallenge by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore sir. Now I would like to challenge my wife @AnushkaSharma, our PM @narendramodi ji...," Mr Virat had tweeted.

The fitness challenge was initially started by the sports minister on May 22 as part of Mr Modi's Fit India movement.

Mr Modi, a yoga enthusiast, practises the ancient Indian exercise every day. He insisted that the United Nations declare June 21 as the International Yoga Day.