Star Athletes Join Kiren Rijiju's Call to Promote 'Fit India' Campaign During Shutdown

NEW DELHI: Many Indian athletes including veteran boxer Mary Kom, ace fighter Bajrang Punia and boxer Amit Panghal on Wednesday he joined the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju The campaign to promote the 'Fit India' movement during closure.

Rijiju has urged people on their social media to do a jump rope exercise while at home and asked participants to encourage others to do the same and to build online unity while maintaining social distance and overcoming coronavirus.

In a new initiative to encourage people to stay fit during the 21-day shutdown period, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is promoting #FitIndiaMovement.

Athletes have launched the effort, posting their videos on their social media and sending the broader message of beating the coronavirus.

Punia uploaded her video by jumping rope and encouraged people to do 2-3 minutes of exercise, which will also fuel the 'Fit India Movement'.

Moudgil uploaded his video on Instagram and wrote that skipping rope helps build endurance, stamina, and muscles with regular practice, which is something that can be easily done indoors and at home.

Mary Kom also uploaded her rope skipping video as did Amit Panghal, Jeremy Lalrinnunga , Mirabai Chanu and Jyothi Surekha Vennam.

Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to impose a 21-day blockade on the country as a precaution against coronavirus.

In view of the current situation, the total national blockade will be in place for 21 days, three weeks. It is a kind of curfew, Prime Minister Modi said during his second speech in the nation.

The total number of positive coronavirus cases in India has risen to 606, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday. Nine people died from the disease, while one case migrated, the ministry reported.