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Bala Devi joins AFC’s awareness campaign against COVID-19, urges fans to stay home

Before Bala Devi, legendary Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia and talismanic skipper of the national team Sunil Chhetri have featured in AFC's campaign.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 31, 2020 7:09:25 pm
Bala Devi plays for Scotland’s Rangers. (Source: File Photo)

Trailblazer Indian women’s football team captain Bala Devi on Tuesday joined compatriots Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri in AFC’s awareness campaign against COVID-19 pandemic as she urged the people worldwide to stay at home and practice social distancing to defeat the dreaded coronavirus.

Devi is among the latest leading players of the continent to join the Asian Football Confederation’s #BreakTheChain video campaign, aimed at raising awareness in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

Before Devi, legendary Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia and talismanic skipper of the national team Sunil Chhetri have featured in this campaign.

“The World Health Organization has stressed the importance of washing our hands regularly and to avoid close contact with people. We need to break the chain and it must be a team effort. Let’s work together and defeat this opponent,” Devi said in an AFC release.

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“The whole world is struggling with this pandemic and things will only get better – starting with us. We must do our part, follow the regulations and if advised by your Governments, please stay at home. We need to make these small sacrifices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone close to us.”

She said: “The whole world is struggling with this pandemic and things will only get better – starting with us. We must do our part, follow the regulations and if advised by your Governments, please stay at home. We need to make these small sacrifices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone close to us.”

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Devi became the first Indian woman footballer to play in a top division league in Europe when she signed up with with Scottish Women’s Premier League side Rangers WFC earlier this year.

Since its launch less than a week ago, the AFC’s #BreakTheChain campaign has engaged with millions of fans across the globe as more and more Asian stars join the worthy cause.

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