Praveen Kumar of India bagged a silver in the T64 high jump event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games ©Getty Images

Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist high jumper Praveen Kumar kick started the "Meet the Champions" initiative in the state of Uttar Pradesh by visiting his childhood school.

The campaign is jointly organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Education.

"This initiative helps motivate the next generation of athletes and I am especially nostalgic to come back to my old school for the 'Meet the Champions' campaign as this is the place that I started a lot of things, including my sporting journey," Kumar said.

Kumar went on to speak with Pragyan Public School children about nutrition and the importance of fitness and diet for a professional athlete.

"It will also make them understand that being fit is not just restricted to being physically fit, but being mentally fit as well.

"This in turn will help them achieve their desired goals."

Kumar, who was one of the youngest Indian athletes in Tokyo, won silver in the T64 high jump event.

Apart from interactions, Kumar was seen playing volleyball with the students.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic javelin gold medallist Neeraj Chopra kicked off the campaign in December 2021.