ANITA RANI has predicted that the injury she sustained whilst participating in Strictly Come Dancing could still be giving her trouble when she is 80-years-old.
Countryfile presenter Anita Rani made it all the way to the semi-finals with her professional dance partner Gleb Savchenko back in 2015, but ultimately failed to get her hands on the glitterball trophy. However, she also unfortunately pulled her hamstring during her time on the show – an injury that she says could give her grief for years to come.
Anita, 43, is not afraid of tough training conditions, confirming that hardcore survival show Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is something she would be up for in the future.
However, she confessed in an interview that this year has left her “exhausted” and questioning whether she has the mental resilience for the show.
She said: “I’m not sure if I’m mentally tough enough and I’ve had an injury since Strictly so there’s that to contend with.
“I pulled my hamstring. I’ll be in my eighties, going: ‘Oh, that bloomin’ Strictly injury!’”
A motivated go-getter to the last, Anita went on to reveal why she signed up to Strictly in the first place.
“You learn a skill,” she explained.
“They are competitive and terrifying but I’m quite single-minded.
“Anything that involves getting fit or challenging myself — why wouldn’t I?” she told Metro.co.uk.
This is not the first time it has been reported that Anita sustained a serious injury during Strictly Come Dancing.
The star also had to strap her right hand up in a wrist support shortly before performing her iconic Pasodoble to Malagueña by Connie Francis during Blackpool week.
Injuries aside, Anita has been left wondering whether the real reason she missed out on the Strictly final was to do with the colour of her skin.
Promoting her memoir The Right Sort of Girl, she shared to the Radio Times: ‘I still find myself wondering whether I would have got into the final if I didn’t have a brown face.”
Calling the BBC show a “national institution”, the presenter has previously underlined the importance of inclusion and diversity on UK screens.
“I still rush excitedly over to the telly if there’s someone Asian on it,” Anita said.
“And that’s why seeing a brown lass doing all right on Strictly meant. “Brinkwire Summary News”.