Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the India captain, will soon be launching a chain of gymnasiums across the country. According to the Economic Times, Dhoni has started a company called SportsFit World Pvt Ltd, which has plans to open 200 gyms over the next five years. Arun Pandey, Dhoni's manager, said the first four of these gyms, to be called SportsFit, should open within the next eight weeks. Pankaj Guliani, the company's chief executive, said the gyms will focus on performance-based fitness. "As wicketkeeper and batsman, Dhoni does a minimum of 540 squats in one day of a Test match. So our entire objective is to set new standards of fitness among Indians." The first SportsFit gym will open in Gurgaon, spread across 25,000 sq ft. It will be followed by gyms in Delhi, Chandigarh and Faridabad. Guliani said SportsFit intends to be "the country's most ambitious fitness brand".
Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo