Our responsibility to maintain hygiene, stay at home: Chhetri


Kuala Lumpur, Mar 29 (IANS): India's all-time leading scorer Sunil Chhetri featured in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) campaign to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and requested people to do all they can to overcome "these challenging times".

In the latest instalment of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign, which was launched earlier this week to combat the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, India captain Chhetri was joined by Chinese Football Association (CFA) Vice President Sun Wen, acknowledged as one of the greatest women footballers to have graced the world stage, and Myanmar captain Kyaw Zin Thet.

The #BreakTheChain campaign, which garnered the support of more than 50 Asian players and officials in less than 48 hours since its launch on Thursday, encourages people not only to adopt the best hygiene practises as underlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) but also inspires hope and solidarity in these challenging times, the AFC said in a statement on their website.

Chhetri, who leads the likes of mega superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the international goal scoring charts, joined the chorus of Asian icons showcasing their support, adding: "Everyone is struggling in these challenging times so I must urge you to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the best medical practices put in place by your local Governments. It is our responsibilities to do our part by maintaining our hygiene and if necessary, to stay at home.

"Let's work together" as a team - to break the chain and stop the spread of COVID-19. I stand with everyone in India and around the world to put these challenging times behind us and hope that we can all return to our normal lives soon," said Chhetri.

Sun, who was named FIFA Female Player of the Century alongside USA.'s Michelle Akers in 2001 and winner of both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, offered a message of unity and hope: "One for all, all for one - this is the best expression of football at this moment."

"Please follow the advice of medical experts and local medical authorities, wash your hands frequently and maintain a proper social distance. By doing so, you are indirectly supporting our medical frontliners combating the pandemic. You are not just doing it for yourself, but also your family, especially your elders and the whole world. Break the chain, let's unite to defeat our common enemy."

 

  

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