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Sports persons pledge to spread positivity: Coronavirus updates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ton Friday gave a five-point mantra of Sankalp, Sanyam, Sakaratmakta, Samman and Sahyog to tackle COVID-19. Interacting with over 40 top sportspersons including Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Women’s Hockey team captain Rani Rampal and ace badminton player P V Sindhu among others, PM Modi said, the sportspersons have brought glory to the nation.

PM said, now they have an important role to play in boosting morale of the nation and spreading positivity. Praising the leadership of Prime Minister, the sportspersons pledged to spread the message of positivity and social distancing.

Prime Minister said that COVID-19 is an adversary of the entire humanity and the gravity of the situation can be ascertained from the fact that for the first time since World War-II, the Olympics have been postponed. PM Modi said, several other prominent international sporting events like Wimbledon and domestic sporting events like Indian Premier League for cricket have been deferred as well due to the challenges created by the pandemic.

PM Modi asked sportspersons to highlight the importance of both physical and mental fitness and also popularize guidelines released by AYUSH Ministry.

Prime Minister mentioned that it is imperative that India emerges victorious in this battle against the pandemic and expressed confidence in pro-active participation by the sportspersons in this battle. 

Among others, Kabaddi player and DSP in Himanchal Pradesh Police Ajay Thakur, sprinter Hima Das, para-athlete high jumper Sharad Kumar, top tennis player Ankita Raina, cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli participated in the video conference. Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and other senior officials of the Ministry also participated in the interaction. 

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