The Indian Sporting fraternity on Sunday joined the country in thanking the essential service providers who are working and leading the way in the fight against the dreaded coronavirus by clapping for them. Some sporting stars have even shared videos of gratitude on their social media profile.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the Indian public to observe a self-imposed ‘Janta Curfew’ and express gratitude towards the healthcare professionals as well as other essential service providers. Prime Minister’s appeal received a massive response from the citizens and everyone including the sporting heroes participated in large numbers.
Coach of the Indian men’s hockey team Sjoerd Marijne shared a video featuring all of the players clapping at their training centre in Bengaluru.
— Sjoerd Marijne (@SjoerdMarijne) March 22, 2020
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag also took to Twitter to share his gratitude.
“A big Salute to all the warriors who are working tirelessly. May this pass soon and may there be peace, peace and peace. Om Shanti Shantih,” Sehwag tweeted.
A big Salute to all the warriors who are working tirelessly .
May this pass soon and may there be peace, peace and peace.
Om Shanti Shantih
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 22, 2020
Wresting star Bajrang Punia also joined in by posting a video showing a lot of people beating plates to acknowledge the tremendous work done by the essential service providers.
“I thank all the health-care workers and all the people in the frontline fighting COVID-19. You are the real heroes I salute you,” Bajrang tweeted.
I thank all the health-care workers and all the people in the frontline fighting COVID-19. You are the real heroes I salute you 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/U9FxPpJCup
— Bajrang Punia 🇮🇳 (@BajrangPunia) March 22, 2020
Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble also wasn’t far behind in thanking the essential service providers.
“Thank you to all the heroes who are helping us in fighting COVID-19. Let us stay strong and continue our fight,” he tweeted.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 22, 2020
Athletes such as Mira Bai Chanu and sprinter Hima Das also joined compatriots in the act of gratitude as they were spotted clapping in a training centre in Patiala.
Meanwhile, star woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat also posted a video featuring her mother. Vinesh’s mother can be seen beating a steel plate with a spoon.
“Salute to all those who are working tirelessly. What a feeling to see India on a united front against this battle.!!” she wrote in another tweet.
— Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) March 22, 2020