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Reading, family and training time: What sports stars are up to as world halts

Countries across the world are entering shutdown mode - with sports events shelved as well - as the Covid-19 pandemic grows every day. Some sporting stars across the world have been sharing with fans what they are doing at such a time.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: March 19, 2020 10:18:41 am
Lionel Messi and Ajinkya Rahane have shared their messages with fans on the coronavirus lockdown. (Instagram/Messi; Twitter/ARahane)

Countries across the world are entering shutdown mode – with sports events shelved as well – as the Covid-19 pandemic grows every day. The number of global coronavirus cases crossed 152,000 on Sunday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Cases have been reported in 141 countries and territories.

Top sporting stars across the world have been sharing with fans what they are doing at such a time.

Lionel Messi said this is “an exceptional moment and we have to follow all the recommendations from the health authorities and public authorities. That is the only way that we can fight it effectively. It is time to be responsible and stay at home.”

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Son días complicados para todo el mundo. Vivimos preocupados por lo que está ocurriendo y queremos ayudar poniéndonos en el lugar de aquellos que peor lo están pasando, o bien porque les afectó directamente a ellos o sus familiares y amigos, o porque están trabajando en primera línea para combatirlo en hospitales y centros de salud. Quiero enviarles mucha fuerza a todos ellos. La salud debe ser siempre lo primero. Es un momento excepcional y hay que seguir las indicaciones tanto de las organizaciones sanitarias como de las autoridades públicas. Sólo así podremos combatirlo de manera efectiva. Es el momento de ser responsable y quedarse en casa, además es perfecto para disfrutar ese tiempo con los tuyos que no siempre se puede tener. Un abrazo y ojalá consigamos darle vuelta a esta situación cuanto antes. #QuedateEnCasa #StayAtHome

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Mar 14, 2020 at 7:47am PDT

“Furthermore, it is a great chance to spend time with your loved ones, the time you don’t always have. My best to everyone and let’s hope we can turn this situation around, the quicker the better,” Messi’s message added.

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Cristiano Ronaldo also had a similar message on his Instagram page, saying “Protecting human life must come above all interests.”

He said his solidarity is with those who are fighting the virus, like his Juventus teammate Daniele Rugani.


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A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Mar 13, 2020 at 9:15am PDT

India skipper Virat Kohli shared a message on Twitter, asking everyone to stay safe.

India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had a tip on how to deal with the time spent in confinement – to read books.


MS Dhoni was seen leaving the Chennai Super Kings practice session, with the IPL team having suspended their sessions following the postponement of the season. Dhoni was seen leaving the ground amid fanfare in a video posted by Chennai Super Kings.

India’s women cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur is using the time off to spend time with her family. Harmanpreet led India to their first-ever T20 World Cup final earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes and Shikhar Dhawan posted photos of themselves trying to train and work out in self-isolation.


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Athletics coach yesterday Golf coach today 🏃‍♂️ 🏌️‍♂️ ⛳️

A post shared by Ben Stokes (@stokesy) on Mar 17, 2020 at 9:24am PDT

Tiger Woods welcomed the decision of cancelling the sports events and asked everyone to be “safe and smart”.

On the other hand, India’s former Tennis player Somdev Devvarman took a dig at foreigners buying a big number of toilet papers.

New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson has returned home healthy after spending a day isolated in a Sydney hotel room with symptoms of a cold. He was tested for the Covid-19 virus but his tests came negative. “I was taken to get swabs done and talk to the doc, but fortunately all was good,” Ferguson said upon arrival in Auckland.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam also shared a message to stay safe, adding a plea to “please be kind towards each other.”

All domestic cricket has been halted in India and most sporting events around the world have been similarly hit in light of the pandemic.

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