India's sports fraternity joined the nation on Sunday in saluting its essential services providers engaged in the fight against COVID-19 by clapping for them and sharing messages and videos of gratitude on social media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged Indians to observe 'Janta Curfew' and express gratitude towards the health care workers and other basic service providers, and his appeal received an overwhelming response from citizens on Sunday evening.
India’s women’s hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne posted a video of all the players clapping at their training centre in Bengaluru. Wearing the team's jersey, the players positioned themselves on different floors of the building and clapped in tandem.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to share his gratitude.
"A big Salute to all the warriors who are working tirelessly .May this pass soon and may there be peace, peace and peace. Om Shanti Shantih," he tweeted.
Wrestling superstar Bajrang Punia also posted a video, showing a lot of people beating steel plates in solidarity with the medicos and all those who provide essential services.
"I thank all the health-care workers and all the people in the frontline fighting COVID-19. You are the real heroes I salute you," Bajrang tweeted.
Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble took to Twitter to express his gratitude.
"Thank you to all the heroes who are helping us in fighting COVID-19. Let us stay strong and continue our fight," he tweeted.
The Olympic-bound athletes such as weightlifter Mira Bai Chanu and sprinter Hima Das also joined the people of the country in the appreciation act as they were also seen clapping from the SAI centre in Patiala.
Star woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat also posted a video of her mother beating a steel plate with a big spoon. In another tweet, she posted, "Salute to all those who are working tirelessly. What a feeling to see India on a united front against this battle.!! "
Shooter Heena Sidhu also shared a video, shot from the balcony of her house, along with a tweet which read, "Here is the video from my balcony! What atmosphere!!
"Thankyou everyone for fighting back and our heartfelt appreciation to all those who are fighting this disease by putting their lives on the line."