Jeje Lalpekhlua speaks about his passion for Badminton

Jeje Lalpekhlua speaks about his passion for Badminton. Photo: Aiff
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All India Football Federation is pretty much on a roundup trip of India talking to several Indian players. Yesterday it was CK Vineeth who talked about his farming roots. And today AIFF team reached North-east to have a chat with Jeje Lalpekhlua and his passion for Badminton.

“I grew up watching badminton and I just love to play it. I’m lucky that I have the opportunity to represent my country in football otherwise I would have a badminton player for sure,” Jeje, the heartthrob of millions quips.

“During the off-season there is no football. But I do have to maintain my fitness. Hitting the gym is fine but badminton makes it more fun. Plus, I can hang out with my friends at the same time,” he informs. “The sport requires quick reflexes and perfect hand-eye coordination including your feet. You also have to good with your footwork. So your whole body is involved.”

In the quaint small hamlet of Hnahthial, the roads stay narrow, the valleys too steep. Public buses and jeeps are the only means of transport in this town of 8000. The people from the hills are traditionally known to be fit but an athlete’s fitness levels are even higher.

“I have always been a huge fan of Lee Chong Wei. As a teenager I idolized him. His dominance is just so exciting,” you sense the idol speaking about his idol. “You know what, I’m the Lee Chong Wei of my gang,” he changes gears.

‘So do you smash as hard as your idol?’

“I try to. Have you seen his leap? He is so amazing,” Jeje murmurs.