I am lucky to be part of this Indian team: Sandesh Jhingan

NEW DELHI: The desire to start running on the lap has kept the Indian team footballers motivated in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, says advocate Sanhing Jhingan .

Players have been forced to stay away from the field, as the unprecedented global health crisis has led to the cancellation or postponement of all sporting events.

I am lucky to be part of this team. We stay in touch with the coaching staff: They continue to give us training programs and monitor our progress, said Jhingan, whose daily exercise routine begins at 4:30 a.m.

We should focus on the things that are under our control right now, and physical fitness is one of those things, he said.

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The 26-year-old was joined by other members of the South Asian football community: the captain of Bhutan Karma Shedrup Tshering , Maldives captain Akram Abdul Ghani, Pakistan goalkeeper Yousuf Butt, Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan, and Sri Lankan referee Nivon Robesh - as they discussed the COVID-19 lockdown situation in their respective countries.

The towering advocate urged everyone to respect those who risk their lives to keep the pandemic under control.

We must all appreciate and respect those on the front line: the doctors, the police, etc. These are the guys who are saving our lives. Respect everyone and show compassion for everyone, he said.

The central defender also spoke about the technical help that the sports community has been providing during the closure.

He cited the biweekly online coaching refresher course that was jointly organized by Sports Authority of India (UPS) and the All-India Football Federation (AIFF)

The federation has also organized online training seminars, which has been very helpful for coaches. The head coach of our national team ( Igor Stimac ) has also participated in these seminars, he said.