COVID-19: India's Kabaddi stars urge fans to stay home via Instagram videos

Published: Mar 30, 2020, 09:48 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

In these times, athletes are doing their bit - be it donating to charities or urging people to stay at home during the ongoing crisis

A screengrab from the videos on Instagram
A screengrab from the videos on Instagram

With sporting action coming to a halt across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many athletes have been forced to stay at home and away from sports. In these times, athletes are doing their bit - be it donating to charities or urging people to stay at home during the ongoing crisis.

Former India kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur is still in action, albeit off the kabaddi mat. Thakur, who is a DSP with the Himachal Pradesh police, is on the frontlines patrolling localities in Bilaspur and urging citizens to stay at home. The Padma Shri and Arjuna Awardee shared posts of himself on duty on his Instagram account and fans were quick to appreciate his service.

In one post, Thakur asked people to stay at home to save lives.

 
 
 
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Please Stay home save lives

A post shared by AJAY THAKUR (@ajaythakurkabaddi) onMar 25, 2020 at 7:54am PDT

In another post, Thakur wrote, “There is still time, please stay at home. Also, advise others to do the same and co-operate with the government. Only then, we’ll be able to do this.”

U Mumba and Iran team captain Fazel Atrachali also posted a message on Instagram asking people to stay at home and stay safe to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

U Mumba and Indian Kabaddi star Sandeep Narwal also took to Instagram and addressed the youngsters of the country. In a video, Narwal asked the youth of the country to resist the urge of stepping outside their houses to stop the spread of COVID-19 and urged them to practice yoga and other exercises at home itself.

 
 
 
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A post shared by Sandeep Narwal (@sandeepnarwal110) onMar 25, 2020 at 9:13pm PDT

Telugu Titans star Siddharth Desai spoke about the challenges faced by medical professionals in a video he posted on Instagram asking people to do their bit in flattening the curve of COVID-19 and reducing the pressure felt by medical professionals.

 
 
 
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A post shared by Siddharth Desai (@siddharthdesai09) onMar 23, 2020 at 11:45am PDT

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