There are certain things that get better with age. Certainly sports never used to be on that list. But sports has once again broken various stereotypes undermining it.

When a 35-year old Roger Federer walked into the Rod Laver Arena to play his 6th Australian Open final, the whole world was glued to the TV sets as he was set to take on his arch-rival and best friend, Rafael Nadal. Definitely the odds were never in favour of the Swiss Maestro as the head to head read 11-23 and the ghosts of the past dawned over him. It was an epic five-setter and a nail-biting encounter without any doubts. But the result was not what the majority of the Tennis Fandom thought they would see it come true. It was the 17-time Grandslam champion lifting his most awaited 18th title after 5 years of Grandslam title drought. And “Old” became “New”.

Australian Open Tennis

Switzerland’s Roger Federer, right, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, and Rod Laver pose for photographers after Federer won the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships 2017

The Australian open 2017 was not just special because Roger Federer fulfilled the BEL18VE dream, it was about the Women power as well. Who would have ever thought that Serena Williams will go on to dethrone Steffi Graf’s 22 Grandslam titles? That one was a biggie! She doesn’t stop. Even at the age of 35 she has totally dominated the WTA circuit. Does “Old is Gold” make more sense now?

Badminton has its own heroes likes Tennis has Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The legends of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei has always kept the crowd going for all these years. Their rivalry has been touted as one of the greatest in the history of sports. Both Lee Chong Wei (34) and Lin Dan (33), though have gone past the 30s mark, never seem to disappoint the Badminton fans from giving a good fight. Lin went on to capture 3 titles in the year 2016 and Lee raked in 5 titles with a silver from the Rio Olympics.

Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei

Long time rivals Lin Dan (right) and Lee Chong Wei (left) exchanging their jerseys after an epic clash

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While Sports has seen so many stars breaking the age barrier and screaming their talents out loud, the younger generation have also been following in their footsteps. While we see a bunch of the international heroes spreading goosebumps, India has got its own set of national heroes as well.

It was a proud moment for the entire nation when a 35 year-old Devendra Jhajharia went on to win the Gold medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympics for the second time. He also created history by becoming the first Indian Paralympian to win two Paralympic gold medals.

A 30 year-old Sania Mirza finished the year of 2016 and the season in style by clinching the World no.1 title.

Well, well! When we are talking about the 30s, a 51-year old Indian Fitness and Marathon Legend, Milind Soman knocked it out of the park by claiming the “Ultraman” title. The “Iron Man” of India went on Barefoot to cover 517 km in three days by Feet, Bike and Swim. So are you still into the fact that “Age is barrier for achieving success in sports”?

Of course, the fitness comes into play as you age. But you can always choose to eat the right way and practice the right diet to stay fit. Who knows a 30 year-old man could be healthier than an 18 year-old chap?

Are you convinced? Are you ready to take a vow to celebrate fitness? Are you ready to go back to your childhood? Are you ready to play sports? Then PLAYO provides you the right platform to get back on track with the sport that you love. You can find friends to play with, book venues and also surf through the events happening in the city of Bangalore. And What not! I guess its time for you to download the app. Hit that button on the playstore/apple store right away.

Get fit! Get Sporty!

Also read: From Being A Baseball Fan To Following His Wife’s Diet Plan, George Clooney Is All Savage

 

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