India captain Sunil Chhetri has urged everyone to show unity in these challenging times when the entire world is in the grip of a deadly coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the death of over 30,000. Also Read - Mohammed Shami Confident of Getting Reverse Swing Despite Saliva Ban in Cricket Due to COVID-19
Chhetri featured in Asian Football Confederation‘s (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign that the continental body has launched as part of its efforts to spread awareness about COVID-19 and how to prevent it from spreading further. Also Read - Coronavirus: With 2,287 New Cases Maharashtra at 72,300; Gujarat Reaches 17,632 With 415 Fresh Cases
“Everyone is struggling in these challenging times,” Chetri said. “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.” Also Read - Coronavirus in Karnataka: Health Minister Sriramulu Attends Procession, Social Distancing Norms Flouted | Watch
He continued, “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.”
Chhetri has also been named among 28 footballers from across the globe by FIFA in its campaign to combat coronavirus which has infected over 6,50,000 globally so far.
The 35-year-old Indian featured alongside Chinese Football Association vice-president Sun Wen and Myanmar captain Kyaw Zin Thet.
Sun was named FIFA Female Player of the Century alongside USA’s Michelle Akers in 2001 and winner of both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Please follow the advice of medical experts and local medical authorities, wash your hands frequently and maintain a proper social distance. By doing so, you are indirectly supporting our medical frontliners combating the pandemic. You are not just doing it for yourself, but also your family, especially your elders and the whole world. Break the chain, let’s unite to defeat our common enemy,” Sun said.