In recent weeks, sports organisations around the world have been forced to confront the reality that the Covid-19 is likely to have a significant impact – not just in the short term, but also the long term.
As the virus has spread, an increasing number of matches and events have either been staged behind closed doors, postponed or, increasingly, cancelled outright. The biggest challenges arguably lay ahead, with the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games looming, as well as European football. The respective governing bodies – the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) – initially appeared intent on going ahead with their events.
UEFA implored governments across Europe to help protect its showcase national team competition, but is now discussing postponement of the tournament to 2021. For now the IOC has indicated that it doesn’t want to postpone the games.
Janta Curfew in India to stop the spread of COVID-19
A day-long ‘Janta curfew’ began on Sunday on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to combat the possible outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Traffic on the roads was minuscule as people observed the self-imposed curfew to be maintained between 7 am and 9 pm.
How athletes are supporting Janta curfew
Badminton player Saina Nehwal has pledged that she will follow janta curfew and will stay at home on 22nd March from 7:00am to 9:00pm.
The famous cricketer Gautam Gambhir requested to stay at home and to support the janta curfew. He said”it’s not curfew, it’s care for you.” He also tried to spread awareness about janta curfew through big fm.
Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri also requested his fellow countrymen to listen to the PM’s appeal and to observe janta curfew. Olympic wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt also appealed to the people to participate in janta curfew.
Indian women’s hockey skipper Rani wrote, “It’s time to show solidarity & support to our Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. #JantaCurfew on 22nd March from 7am till 9pm. Being a responsible citizen let’s follow all guidelines.” The PM cautioned that India could not be immune to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus.
It’s time to show solidarity & support to our Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. #JantaCurfew on 22nd March from 7am till 9pm. Being a responsible citizen let’s follow all guidelines #IndiaFightsCorona #COVID2019india pic.twitter.com/Aql1wVLErE— Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) March 19, 2020
R.Ashwin wrote, “Believe it or not, a country like ours with a billion people needed to hear what our pm @narendramodi ji just said, not all of them are privileged enough to have access to information.”
On the similar lines, former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia also shared a video of himself with a medical professional to spread the message.”Please support and stay safe,” Bhutia wrote while sharing the video.
Please support and stay safe pic.twitter.com/3tEpdiODp5— Bhaichung Bhutia (@bhaichung15) March 21, 2020
The sports ministry had earlier in the day advised all national federations to refrain from conducting tournaments and selection trials till April 15 besides asking them to ensure that Olympic-bound athletes are isolated from anyone who is not a part of their training camp.