Updated: April 3, 2020 8:08:58 pm
Sachin Tendulkar mentioned managing the interval after April 14 – when the nationwide lockdown in place to counter the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic will get over – will probably be essential to how India fares on this battle. Speaking after a video call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tendulkar mentioned in an announcement that this perception of his was shared by the PM.
Tendulkar was amongst 40-odd elite sportspersons with whom the PM had a one hour video call to debate the prevailing state of affairs which has claimed greater than 50 lives in India with 2000 plus optimistic circumstances. The nation is at present in a 21-day lockdown which ends on April 14.
“He (PM Modi) highlighted and reaffirmed my belief that we should not let our guard down after the 14th of April, & how we manage that period will be very critical,” Tendulkar mentioned in an announcement after the interplay.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held assembly with 40 prime sportspersons, together with Sachin Tendulkar, PV Sindhu and Hima Das, through video conferencing immediately, on #COVID19 state of affairs within the nation. pic.twitter.com/eC4xKceL4a
— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
The different athletes who have been on the call included Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu, Hima Das, Bhaichung Bhutia, PT Usha, Pullela Gopichand, Vishwanathan Anand, Mary Kom, Bajrang Punia, Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara and others.
Like everybody else, Tendulkar can be practising social distancing and mentioned he now folds his arms to say ‘Namaste’ as a substitute of shaking arms. “I also suggested that as much as possible, I will use our way of greeting – saying ‘Namaste’ instead of shaking hands, even after we overcome this pandemic,” he mentioned.
Post his interplay with the Prime Minister @sachin_rt says he has urged that even after the pandemic is underneath management we must always proceed with our greeting of namaste and never shake arms for some time and never let our guard down.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 3, 2020
Modi additionally spoke about this being the time when aged individuals, who’re extra weak, needs to be taken care of. “Taking care of our elders who are most vulnerable and using this time to hear from them, their stories and experiences was something the Prime Minister resonated with.”
The psychological facet of a lockdown was additionally mentioned. “We also spoke about mental fitness being as important as physical fitness during this phase, and shared what I’m doing at home to keep fit. “This is the time for our entire nation to come together and keep each other motivated. Like team spirit wins us games in sports, our nation should work as one team to overcome this,” Tendulkar concluded.
(With PTI inputs)
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