Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting via video conference with 40 elite sportspersons of the country to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The list of sportspersons part of this video conference included Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mary Kom as well as other prominent athletes like PT Usha, Pullela Gopichand, Vishwanathan Anand, Hima Das, Bajrang Punia, PV Sindhu, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, and Cheteshwar Pujara.
"Interacted with sportspersons via video conferencing on the situation arising due to COVID-19. Sports requires self-discipline, tenacity, teamwork and a fighting spirit. These are also required to defeat Coronavirus," PM Modi tweeted.
Modi told them that they have an important role to play in boosting the morale of the nation as well as spreading the message of social distancing.
"From sharing videos that reaffirm the importance of fitness, helping the poor and needy, emphasising on social distancing as well as contributing to efforts such as PM-CARES, our sportspersons are doing excellent towards making India free from COVID-19," he added in another tweet.