The Chase star Paul Sinha said he "refuses to be negative" about his Parkinson's diagnosis and plans "to do as much as possible in my future years".

Speaking on RTÉ One's The Today Show Sinha, who was diagnosed with the progressive neurological disorder last year, told Sinead Kennedy and Dáithí Ó Sé that sometimes in life "you are unlucky". 

He said: "I see it as the beginning of the next stage, I refuse to be negative about it. I think life throws you a lot of curveballs and overall I have been lucky in life. Falling into jobs I enjoy doing, getting a TV job on The Chase

"I've just got to accept that in life sometimes you are unlucky. I know a lot of people who have it a lot worse than I do. That includes my mam and dad who worked really hard to enjoy their retirement and suddenly find themselves alone, isolated in lockdown unable to see their grandchildren. 

"I take a very positive view of Parkinson's. Yes, it's not a very nice thing to have, but I am going to make sure that I use it to inspire myself to do as much as possible in my future years. 

He added: "I can't deny that it is an awful sentence, but what gives me context is that my dad has heart disease and he had a cardiac arrest in 1990, my mum has had breast cancer, my sister has a severely autistic child.

"We've all got things going on. and the best way of dealing with it to be as positive with my own thing as my mam, dad and sister are with theirs."

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While speaking about the pressure he feels on The Chase Sinha, aka The Sinnerman, also revealed that he was crowned the Irish Open quiz champion in 2017. 

"I shouldn't really [feel pressure] as I started the show in 2011, it's now ten years on. If you are still feeling nervous or pressured then you are not enjoying it as much as you should do. 

"In 2019 I won the British Quiz Championships and actually a lot of people don't know this but a couple of years previous I won the Irish Open.

"So I think I have proved my point that I can quiz and the nerves don't really come into it anymore." 

"I used to feel pressure, but I feel that I have proved my point and that I can quiz and that if you have a bad at the office, it's just a bad day at the office, so I don't feel the pressure anymore. "

The Today Show, RTÉ One, Weekdays, 3:30pm