NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with eminent sportspersons via video conference. Modi praised the sportspersons for bringing glory to the nation through stellar performances on the field.
He urged sportspersons to play an active role in “boosting the morale of the nation as well as spreading the message of social distancing along with asking people to continuously follow advisories given during lockdown.”
He underlined that the traits learnt in sports training viz the ability to face challenges, self-discipline, positivity and self-belief are the essential tools to combat the spread of the virus.
Modi asked them to include the following five points in their message to people: ‘sankalp’ to fight the pandemic, ‘sanyam’ to follow social distancing, ‘sakaratmakta’ to maintain positivity, ‘samman’ to respect the frontline soldiers in this battle including the medical fraternity, the police personnel etc and ‘sahyog’ at personal level as well as at national level through contribution to PM-CARES fund. He also asked them to highlight the importance of both physical and mental fitness and also popularize guidelines released by AYUSH Ministry.
40 eminent personalities including ace Indian athlete Hima Das, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Master Blaster Sachin Tandulkar as well as boxing champion Mary Kom participated in the event.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, several important events in the world stand cancelled for now.