PM Modi interacts with Ganguly, Kohli, Sachin among other sportspersons


Top athletes of the nation – together with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly, India captain Virat Kohli and former skipper Sachin Tendulkar interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi by way of video convention amid a nation-wide lockdown to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

49 sports activities personalities, throughout disciplines joined the video convention to share their ideas and concepts about tips on how to fight the scenario.


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With the COVID-19 bringing the nation to a standstill and halting all sporting actions, the Prime Minister appealed to the athletes to unfold consciousness in such occasions of disaster.

“It was a one-hour programme, where the Prime Minister addressed the athletes and told us to spread awareness among people in such times and advise them to follow the advisory and maintain social distancing,” Olympian Anju Bobby George, who attended the convention name, informed Sportstar.

While Modi addressed the athletes for practically half an hour, a couple of of the gamers like Ganguly and 2016 Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu additionally shared their ideas.

“He told the athletes to stay strong and positive. He even drew reference of the Olympic postponement and the fact that IPL has also been suspended (till April 15). These are tough times, so he asked us to spread awareness and stay bonded as a community,” Anju stated.


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Another high athlete, who attended the assembly informed this publication that the thought was to make sure that the individuals keep indoors and don’t panic. 

“As athletes, we have that privilege that people listen to us. So, it is our duty to help the people in such times and help them spread awareness,” he stated.

“As sports personalities, we have been already doing our bit. Only donating will not solve the issue, we need to step up and motivate the people and tell them not to panic. That was the whole message,” the athlete stated.

Shooter Abhishek Verma informed this publication that the Prime Minister spoke to 8-10 individuals as a result of lack of time and requested for his or her recommendations concerning what will be carried out. “He also told us the importance of social distancing,” Verma stated.

“He told us a few things that we should follow a certain things, that we should maintain social distancing and that we should contribute to the nation. He spoke about his speech and also asked us to thank the doctors, media professionals for their help in such times,” Verma added.

“He even told us to stay fit and healthy. Together, we can make India corona-free. It was an honour interacting with him,” the shooter stated.

Former India soccer captain, Bhaichung Bhutia, too linked from Siliguri. Even although his web connectivity was gradual, Bhutia was comfortable to see the Prime Minister interacting with the sporting icons.

“I was on and off due to poor network, but the other athletes shared their thoughts and ideas. It is important to be safe at this time,” the previous India captain stated.

Chess ace Viswanathan Anand, who’s at the moment caught in Germany, too, attended the video convention.

“Yes, I was on the call. But there seems to be a issue that I couldn’t connect as I am in Germany. It is a great initiative to help people as they are mentally dealing with the lockdown. It’s important to stay positive while staying safe,” Anand informed this publication.

India’s high para-badminton participant, Pramod Bhagat, stated: “He (Modi) generally talked to all of us about the pandemic and the precautions that need to be taken. He asked us to create more videos to create awareness. He also asked us for suggestions.”

Mirabai Chanu, who additionally attended the assembly and spoke to the Prime Minister, took to Twitter to share her ideas.

“Thank you Hon’ble PM @narendramodi sir for interacting with us today. Have shared with him how i am following lockdown while staying in my room, working on fitness & enjoying hobbies. I urge everyone to kindly follow lockdown seriously & lets unite in this fight against COVID-19,” Chanu wrote.

No dialogue on IPL

Contrary to speculations, there was no phrase on the destiny of the IPL, despite the fact that the Prime Minister did point out in regards to the suspension of the event (until a minimum of April 15). Sources within the know of issues have confirmed that Ganguly did share his ideas on the pandemic, however no discussions had been held on the event’s future. 

Sportspersons who joined the convention name

Virat Kohli (Cricket), Rohit Sharma (Cricket), Mamatha Poojary (Kabaddi), Sourav Ganguly (Cricket), Sachin Tendulkar (Cricket), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (cricket), Virender Sehwag (Cricket), Mohammad Shami (Cricket), KL Rahul (Cricket), Cheteshwar Pujara (Cricket), Yuvraj Singh (Cricket), Zaheer Khan (Cricket), PT Usha (Athletics), Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling), Bajrang Punia (Wrestling), Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling), PV Sindhu (Badminton), Mary Kom (Boxing), Hima Das (Athletics), Viswanathan Anand (Chess), Rani Rampal (Hockey), Deepika Kumari (Archery), Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting), Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Sharad Kumar (Para Athletics), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Manu Bhaker (Shooting), Tarundeep Rai (Archery), Bhaichung Bhutia (Football), Sardara Singh (Hockey)Achanta Sharath Kamal (Table Tennis), Amit Panghal (Boxing), Gagan Narang (Shooting), Anju Bobby George (Athletics), Rohan Bopanna (Tennis), Ankita Raina (Tennis), Sai Praneeth (Badminton), Srihari Natraj (Swimming), Harmeet Desai (Table Tennis), Abhishek Verma (Shooting), Avinash Sable (Athletics), KT Irfan (Athletics), Lovlina Boroghain (Boxing), Simranjeet Kaur (Boxing), Jeremy (Weightlifting), Bhavani Devi (Fencing), Pramod Bhagat (Para Badminton).

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