In wake of almost all sporting events being cancelled to counter the spread of coronavirus, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has appealed to athletes to not lose their spirit and continue training. Also Read - Coronavirus: I Don't Know, China's Numbers Seem Light, Says Donald Trump
On his personal twitter account, Rijiju shared a video of himself playing football accompanied by a message in support of sportspersons who have seen their respective competitions falling foul of COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - BCCI Not Planning to Cut Virat Kohli and Co. Salaries Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
“Due to coronavirus, sporting events and competitions are postponed temporarily but I appeal all our athletes not to lose the spirit, keep practicing and focus on your training,” Rijiju wrote on Monday. Also Read - Hardik Pandya Shares New Fitness Video During Quarantine Period Amid Coronavirus Lockdown | WATCH VIDEO
Worldwide, over 1,70,000 coronavirus cases have been reported so far with over 6,500 deaths.
In India, the number of cases has risen to 114, as per Health Ministry.
As a result, several sporting events in the country including the IPL, a bilateral ODI series between India and South Africa, India Open (golf), India Open (badminton), shooting World Cup among others have been postponed.
Acting on the Health Ministry’s advisory, the Sports Ministry has asked all national state federations to avoid large gatherings in sporting events.
The government has also imposed travel restrictions with several states shutting down educational institutions, malls, gyms, cinema halls among others.
In Delhi, the national capital, the government has imposed ban on gatherings of more than 50 people at one place.