Korir urge sportsmen to lead campaign against COVID-19

Nairobi, Apr 9 (IANS): African 800m silver medallist Emmanuel Korir has called on athletes to utilise their celebrity status to lead the fight against coronavirus.

Korir, who has his training base in Texas, USA, said sportspeople have the best chance to lead society to maintain hygiene and adhere to the government directive of self-quarantine and stay at home to be able to flatten the curve of COVID-19 pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.

With almost no sporting events being organised globally, Korir said while they have borne losses brought on by the coronavirus, losing millions in endorsement, sponsorship and prize money, they must always look at the big picture and be safe and help others to abide by health directives to limit the damage on society.

Korir, 24, said athletes have always endured challenges in training, including injuries, and they should always be positive because the pandemic will soon be a thing of the past.

Korir had been primed to succeed legendary Olympic Champion David Rudisha. However, tactical problems and strong competition have limited his rise in previous competitions.



Title : Korir urge sportsmen to lead campaign against COVID-19


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