India’s two leading football clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will join a global campaign by the United Nations and World Health Organisation, encouraging people to remain “active” as millions across the world stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - LaLiga 2020-21 to Begin From September 12, Says President Javier Tebas

The football clubs are among several from across the world that will join the ‘#BeActive’ campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to “encourage people to be #HealthyAtHome as the world comes together in the fight against COVID-19, today and every day.” Also Read - COVID-19: Why Sunil Chhetri Does Not Prefer Closed-Door Matches



FIFA has joined forces with the two organisations in this campaign, which kicks off with Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC asking football fans to set aside their rivalries and to come together to #BeActive in order to defeat the coronavirus. Also Read - After Trump's Offer to Mediate, UN Urges China, India to 'Avoid Any Action That Increases Tension at LAC'

Other clubs, including Club Amrica, CD Guadalajara, Beijing Guoan FC, Shanghai Shenhua FC, Mohun Bagan AC, East Bengal FC, Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC, Auckland City FC, Team Wellington FC, CA River Plate, Olympique de Marseille, TP Mazembe, CR Flamengo and SE Palmeiras will also join the initiative in the coming days.



WHO recommends all healthy adults do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and children at least 60 minutes. As part of this, #BeActive and remain #HealthyAtHome campaign encourage any other form of recreation and activities such as dancing, playing active video games, jumping rope to stay healthy at home.

UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres said, “FIFA has asked the football community, from member associations and clubs, to players and fans, to show their support, to put their rivalries aside and to show new solidarity so we can overcome the coronavirus. This is an important lesson not only for today but for every day.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said more than ever, one thing must be clear to everyone now is that health comes first, adding that the world football governing body is encouraged that the community is also playing an active role in ensuring the message is understood globally.

As part of the campaign, world-famous players share the following message: “At this time, even rivals need to stick together. We have to keep our distance, but we do not lose our focus. We can show solidarity by being active, and active means following the guidelines from the WHO.