Chief National Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand stresses on the need of staying positive during these testing times as he believes that the job losses and pay cuts will be ‘bitter pills’ to swallow for the common man. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world and also brought the whole sporting calendar to a grinding halt. The deadly virus has killed more than 120 people in India and claimed 80,000 globally. Also Read - Lockdown 4.0: This State Allows Taxis And Auto-rickshaws in Red Zones From Today
The 46-year-old Gopichand, who recently completed his three-week isolation after coming from All England Championships in UK, said sports will be a part of this global meltdown but urged people to fight it with positivity. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
“I think world is going through a lot and everybody’s careers are important for them, whether you are a student, a journalist or a sportsperson. But this lockdown is in place for a specific reason and I think we should follow it,” Gopichand was quoted by PTI. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points
“It definitely going to hurt every segment of the population not sports alone. Everybody is going through this tough time. We need to stay positive and find resources to keep ourselves mentally and physically fit and balanced.
“You have to accept the fact that this is the way it is going to be for a reason and take it as a bitter pill and hopefully things will get better.”
There is a growing fear about the economic fall out of this lockdown on sports across the globe with footballers, cricketers among others negotiating pay cuts and lack of revenues.
The 21-day lockdown enforced in India to flatten the curve will also see people going through lay-offs and paycuts.
Gopichand said sports will also be a part of this but we first have to survive and then we can figure out every other thing that comes next.
“Sports is going to be part of it, people are going to lose job, people have to go through pay cuts. The central government and state government announced pay cuts and I think we all have to, it is tough times and everybody needs to understand that,” he said.
“Everybody needs to just say that this six months of our lives is not there and we just go through it with whatever best we can, whether it is reading or meditating, and stay positive and once it is over you are back again.”