Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning held a video conference meeting with 40 revered sports personalities including Sachin Tendulkar, P.V.Sindhu & Virat Kohli. Prime Minister discussed the intensity of the novel coronavirus and gave a five- point mantra ‘Sankalp, Sanyam, Sakaratmakta, Samman and Sahyog’ to tackle the COVID-19.
He said that the impact of COVID-19 can be ascertained from the fact that for the first time since the World War II, the Olympics and other prominent international events and tournaments have been postponed.
“The prime Minister said that sportspersons have brought glory to the nation and now they have important role to play in boosting morale of the nation and spreading positivity”. PM urged them to spread messages of social distancing along with asking people to follow advisories given during lockdown. He mentioned that traits learnt in sports training like the ability to face challenges, self-discipline, positivity and self believe are the essential tools to combat this outbreak of the disease.
Prime Minister asked them to include five point message to people, ‘Sankalp’ to fight the pandemic, ‘Sanyam’ to follow & maintain social distancing, ‘Sakaratmakta’ to not to be and create panic and sustain positivity, ‘Samman’ to repect the corona fighters who are providing their selfless services to us in such circumstances, ‘Sahyog’ to contribute at personal level or at national level to PM CARES fund so that those who are helpless in this situation could get some help. PM also asked them to elucidate the importance of mental and physical fitness to the people, he also mentioned to popularize the guidelines released by AYUSH ministry.
The eminent sports personalities praised the guidance and leadership of Prime Minister they all praised the decision of “21days lockdown of the country”. By apprehending their resposibity towards the nation they all guaranteed that they on their level will spread awareness amongst people regarding the five points mentioned by the PM and also will encourage people to switch to healthy lifestyle in order to achieve mental and physical fitness to fight against this pandemic.
More than 40 top sportspersons across all disciplines including Bharat Ratna Shri Sachin Tendulkar, BCCI president Shri Sourav Ganguly, Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, ace Bdminton Player P.V. Sindhu , Kabbadi player and DSP in Himachal Pradesh Police Shri Ajay Thakur, Sprinter Hima Das, Para Athlete Shri Sharad Kumar, Top Tennis Player Ankita Raina, Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli participated in the conference.