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Good Sports: Still Going Strong at 100

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
August 2012
Good Sports: Still Going Strong at 100

Manohar Aich won the amateur Mr. Universe title in 1952, the first Indian to do so. And he would probably do it again today—if there were a special category for centenarians. 

The Kolkata resident, who was born in 1912 in a district that’s now part of Bangladesh, stopped lifting weights last year after suffering a minor stroke, but continues to help young bodybuilders. 

What’s his secret to a long life? It’s a combination of diet and positive outlook. His diet consists of milk, fruits and vegetables, as well as rice, lentils and fish. His outlook has kept him happy, even when times were tough. 

“I never allow any sort of tension to grip me,” he told the UK’s Daily Mail. “I had to struggle to earn money since my young days, but whatever the situation, I remained happy.”



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