Sports can help win battle against COVID-19 pandemic: Sindhu

02:56 PM Jun 22, 2020 | PTI |
Asserting that sports can help win the battle against coronavirus pandemic in the absence of a vaccine, Olympic and World Championships silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu on Monday urged everyone to make physical activity an integral part of their lives. The virus has infected over 8.5 million people globally with more than 450,000 people losing their lives. "Sports and other physical activities are very important to maintain a strong immune system and since there are yet no vaccine or treatment, sports can help win this battle," Sindhu said during the inauguration of 'Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene Expo 2020', a virtual exhibition and conference organized by FICCI from June 22-26. In India, the count of infected has crossed 4.25 lakh and nearly 13,700 people have died. Sindhu, a front-runner to qualify for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, said it is important to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and spend some time for physical activity. "The WHO recommends adult should do at least 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week to combat the threat of heart disease, diabetics, high blood pressure, cancer, and depression and it is more relevant during this pandemic," she said. "It is the ideal time to try a new activity. I would recommend everybody to do some sort of exercise. Being a sports person, I can say just 45 mins of exercise is important for everyone," she added. Top Indian shuttlers, including Sindhu, have been confined to their homes for more than three months due to the lockdown, enforced to contain the spread of the disease. While a few sportspersons have resumed training in some parts of the country, Hyderabad-based shuttlers are waiting for the Telangana government to lift the lockdown in the state.

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