India's footballing superstar and captain of the country's national team, Sunil Chhetri was on Monday picked among 28 past and present stars for world governing body, FIFA's campaign to combat the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
FIFA have teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat the threat of coronavirus by launching a new awareness campaign, consisting of some of the biggest names in the sport - who are calling on all the people around the globe to follow five key steps to stop the spread of the disease.
The campaign which is called "Pass the message to kick out coronavirus", aims at promoting five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.
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The video campaign is set to be published in 13 languages and the 28 players involved include some of the most popular ones like Argentine superstar Lionel Messi and World Cup winners, Philip Lahm, Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol.
"FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino have been actively involved in passing the message against this pandemic since the very beginning. Be it through campaigns or funding, FIFA has stood up to the coronavirus, and I am delighted that world football is supporting WHO to kick out the coronavirus. I have no doubt with this type of support that together we will win," said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu.
FIFA for their part have pledged $10 million to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, with president, Gianni Infantino revealing, "We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus. FIFA has teamed up with WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further.
"Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out COVID-19."