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May 26, 2009 at 06:11pm IST

Rahul learnt boxing to keep fit for polls

New Delhi: Congress leader and youth icon, Rahul Gandhi may have army commandos to defend him but the young politician believes in self-defence and has learnt boxing skills from India's first Dronacharya-awardee Om Prakash Bharadwaj.

The veteran coach told PTI that Gandhi learnt techniques of boxing from him for two months last year with the objective of keeping himself physically and psychologically fit for a busy political life.

"It was a great opportunity for me to train Rahul Gandhi in boxing for two months last year," said Bharadwaj.

RATING RAHUL: Boxers rate 39-year-old Rahul as a great learner, who is physically very fit.

"In the beginning I was also surprised why he wanted to learn boxing because I was sure that he was not going to box in the ring. But later I realised that he was keen to have some knowledge about the art of self-defence," he added.

The 70-year-old coach-cum-commentator said, Rahul had great interest in sports and he was also a good shooter, swimmer and horse-rider.

He is interested to have elementary knowledge in various activities and keep himself busy.

"He believes in making efforts and does not waste a single minute," Bharadwaj added.

The former boxer rated 39-year-old Rahul as a great learner, who is physically very fit.

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