Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to India’s high athletes, together with cricket stars akin to present captain Virat Kohli, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, amid a nationwide lockdown to fight the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
A complete of 49 athletes, together with sports activities minister Kiren Rijiju, are collaborating within the video name.
“Of these, 12 have been given three minutes each to speak and present their view,” a sports activities ministry supply advised PTI with out revealing the names of the chosen athletes.
All sporting actions are at present shut within the nation and it’s nonetheless not clear when normalcy will resume. The much-anticipated Indian Premier League is among the many big-ticket Indian occasions suspended until April 15.
When Ganguly was requested in regards to the growth this morning, he stated, “Yes, I will be joining our Honourable via video call. But I cannot tell you what will be discussed.”
The ministry supply stated the athletes have been requested to unfold consciousness about social distancing by means of their social media pages.
“The will ask them to pass across the message of maintaining the lockdown. He will urge them to post videos to keep people occupied,” the supply revealed.
Cricketers type a significant chunk of the collaborating checklist.
Apart from Tendulkar, Ganguly and Kohli, others who’re collaborating embody World Cup-winning former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, former pacer Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Ok L Rahul.
Olympic silver-medallist shuttler P V Sindhu, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, chess wizard Viswanathan Anand, sprinter Hima Das, boxing stars M C Mary Kom and Amit Panghal, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and teenage taking pictures sensation Manu Bhaker are among the many different achieved athletes who’re collaborating within the video name.
The pandemic has prompted greater than 50 deaths in India. The international demise toll has crossed 50,000.
India’s 21-day lockdown to include the unfold of the lethal virus ends on April 14.
(with company inputs)