Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday, March 25, stated that all sports camps across the country will be shut during the 21-day lockdown. Rijiju's announcement comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his televised speech on Tuesday announced a nationwide lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
My dear Athletes,— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 24, 2020
As per the directions of the Govt, all sports training camps and centres will remain closed during 21-day lockdown. Pls maintain your physical and mental fitness at the place wherever you are staying without going out. https://t.co/WGMDFJfFIu
Taking to the microblogging site Twitter, Rijiju announced that all sports camps and centres will be closed across the country while he urged the athletes to maintain physical and mental fitness wherever they are staying with stepping out.
In his address to the nation on Tuesday, PM Modi stated that while India's economy will face a slowdown, it was this responsibility to try and save every Indian's life. Talking about how health experts have advised that the next 21 days are important to break the chain transmission of the deadly virus, the prime minister said the three weeks were most crucial.
Explaining the fallout for not handling the next three weeks could be catastrophic, PM Modi said that 'India will be set back by 21 years if 21 days are not handled'.
PM Modi added, "As per health experts, a period of at least 21 days is extremely critical to break infection chain of coronavirus. If the situation is not handled in these 21 days, the country and your family could go back 21 years. If situation is not handled in these 21 days, several families will get devastated forever. Hence, you must forget what going out means for the next 21 days. Stay inside your home, stay inside your home, and do just one thing- stay inside your home."