# 9pm9minute: Sports stars light diyas, candles, and light torches to show solidarity in the battle against COVID-19

NEW DELHI: Indian sports stars came out in large numbers, individually at their homes on Sunday at 9 pm, joining millions of fellow citizens, to show solidarity with each other in the battle against COVID-19 and salute the commitment of thousands of sanitation warriors, healthcare professionals, and others who are at the forefront of the battle against the deadly virus.

From cricket players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina & Harbhajan Singh a six-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom , the stars lit diyas & candles at 9 pm for nine minutes as appealed for by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

Mi familia & yo agradecemos a los desinteresados ​​#SanitationWarriors que limpian nuestros alrededores & hospitales, desinfectan las áreas afectadas & mantienen así el virus a raya. También reavivemos nuestra promesa de cuidar a nuestros mayores, los más vulnerables, asegurando su bienestar físico & mental , Escribió Tendulkar mientras compartía una foto familiar con luces.

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"In solidarity with each & every single person who is playing their part. We are all in this together & shall overcome this soon. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih," Sehwag wrote while sharing his photo.

There is always a light at the end of each tunnel ... together we stand for a better tomorrow ... God bless us all, Harbhajan wrote.

In solidarity toward #IndiaFightsCoronavirus # 9MinutesForIndia, Mary Kom wrote.

Other prominent Indian athletes like three-time Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr, star wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Amit Panghal & Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Sakshi Malik also answered the Prime Minister's call.

It was another show of solidarity by Indians across the country, as house lights were switched off for nine minutes & diyas & candles were lit to show that every Indian is standing together in this tough fight in what are unprecedented times.