COVID-19 Outbreak: Indian Sportsmen Urge Countrymen To Extend Helping Hand

New Delhi: At this time of Coronavirus outbreak in the country, several Indian sportsmen have come forward to extend their helping hands. Apart from that, certain others have urged the countrymen to extend their helping hands at this time of crisis and contribute to curbing COVID-19 outbreak across the country.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan has urged all citizens of the country to come forward and donate whatever they can to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, saying the need of the hour is to make a difference as India fights the COVID-19 pandemic with a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

“Hi everyone remember to stay indoors & take care of your family and yourself. I have done my bit and contributed to Prime Minister @narendramodi Ji’s National Relief Fund – https://pmnrf.gov.in/en/online-donation. Encouraging all of you to help, so that together we can make a difference,” Dhawan said in a tweet with a video message in Hindi.

Dhawan, like millions of others in India, is in home isolation. Recently he had posted a hilarious video that depicts his life at home in isolation during the nationwide lockdown for novel coronavirus outbreak. Dhawan is seen doing daily chores at home. He is seen washing clothes and cleaning the washroom while his wife Ayesha spoke to friends on the phone.

Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh slammed those who are flouting police orders and venturing out on the streets during the 21-day lockdown period, saying the attitude needs to change as the country fights the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to change our attitude towards police. don’t forget they are putting their life to save ours.they also have families but they r doing their duty for the nation..why can’t we all just stay at home and be sensible for once for better tomorrow. Plz be sensible,” Harbhajan said in a tweet.

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Stepping ahead in this time of crisis, many of the notable figures of Indian sports have contributed their share to curb down the spread of coronavirus and bring the situation under control.

Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu has donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs 5 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Star wrestler Bajrang Punia, who works as an OSD in Railways, has already donated his six months’ salary to the Haryana coronavirus relief fund.

Former India opener and BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir has also offered to release Rs 50 lakh from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the equipment to treat coronavirus patients in Delhi government hospitals.

Tennis star Sania Mirza has also stepped forward to raise money to provide food and other basic necessities for the daily wage workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 20,000 lives across the world.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has also donated Rs 25 lakh towards the West Bengal government’s emergency relief fund with president Avishek Dalmiya adding another 5 lakh from his pocket.

Around 650 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in India while 13 people have lost their lives.

(With Agency Inputs)

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