Ever since the novel Coronavirus pandemic had made its presence in India, several iconic sportspersons and celebrities have taken a step ahead to advise their fellow citizens on the necessary precautions and guidelines to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri is the newest stalwart from the sporting fraternity to join up on the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, who has teamed up with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a campaign named ‘BreakTheChain’, which aims to tackle further contamination of the virus in the population.
Along with Sunil Chhetri, the campaign also featured former Indian captain and legendary footballer Baichung Bhutia, Myanmar football team skipper Kyaw Zin Thet and Sun Wen, the vice president of Chinese Football Association (CFA) and one of the greatest players ever in women’s football. A total of more than 50 footballers and officials from Asia showed their support for the campaign.
With the objective to “inspires hope and solidarity in these challenging times”, as stated by AFC, the ‘BreakTheChain’ was launched on Thursday and has outlined the basic guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments, and is urging the citizens to abide by them.
“Everyone is struggling in these challenging times,” Chhetri was quoted by IANS at the campaign in Kuala Lumpur today, “I must urge you to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the best medical practices put in place by your local governments. It is our responsibility to do our part by maintaining our hygiene and if necessary, to stay at home.”
India, which has already seen the number of confirmed cases crossing the 1000 mark, with 25 deaths, is currently under a 21-day lock down until 14th April.
Chhetri, 35, encouraged his fellow citizens to work as a team to curb the further spread of the virus in the country’s population.
“Let’s work together – as a team – to break the chain and stop the spread of COVID-19. I stand with everyone in India and around the world to put these challenging times behind us and hope that we can all return to our normal lives soon,” the striker added.
However, this is not the first time that the veteran footballer has reached out to the Indian public. Last week, Chhetri uploaded a video on his official Twitter handle, urging the citizens to remain in their homes to fight the virus outbreak. Check it out below-
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) March 20, 2020