Fitness ~~King~~ calls the camp a success

Published: Saturday, June 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:India's senior cricketers concluded a week-long fitness camp in Bangalore aimed at gearing them up for a packed season ahead with physical trainerGregory Allen King calling it a success.

"The camp went off very well. Guys worked pretty hard throughout. I am happy with the way it has gone. It's been a good camp. Pretty much a success I would say," King said at the end of it all.

From Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, L Balaji and Irfan Pathan; they were all there, rubbing shoulders with each others, in quest to become fitter. Fitness was the mantra they chanted since the camp commenced on Sunday.

It has been a pretty much a routine thereafter; after an hour-long yoga sessions in a five-star hotel where they are put up, they would head to the premises of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) or the adjacent M Chinnaswamy stadium and go through the fitness paces under watchful eyes of King.

Physical conditioning apart, they played a game or two of frisbee and volley-ball, shared a few light moments; all with the intention to see that it does not become all-fitness-drills-and-no-fun.

And King wants them to sing fitness mantra throughout the year, at least till they kick off the campaign opener - Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in mid-July.

"They have to train throughout the year...put in efforts till the campaign starts in Sri Lanka," he said.

Vice-captain Rahul Dravid added: "It was a good camp. Nice to get back after sometime off after Pakistan, and get into the scene of things."

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