New Delhi April 3rd
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a video conference with the country’s top athletes reported ANI, including cricket stars such as current captain Virat Kohli, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
All sporting activities are currently shut in the country and it is still not clear when normalcy will resume. The much-anticipated Indian Premier League is among the big-ticket Indian events suspended till April 15. This is the first time when PM Modi held a video conference with sportsperson across the country since the deadly coronavirus began spreading in India. A total of 49 athletes, along with sports minister Kiren Rijiju, are participating in the video call. The ministry source said the athletes have been requested to spread awareness about social distancing through their social media pages.
Apart from Tendulkar, Ganguly, and Kohli, others who are participating include World Cup-winning former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, former pacer Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and K L Rahul. Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, chess wizard Viswanathan Anand, sprinter Hima Das, boxing stars MC Mary Kom and Amit Panghal, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, and teenage shooting sensation Manu Bhaker are among the other accomplished athletes who are participating in the video call.