The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc the sports industry in India. The year which was expected to be one of the biggest for sports has ended up on a disappointing note with fans being deprived from Live action. The Indian men's hockey team who were setting the rhythm before the Olympics with gritty performances in the FIH Pro Hockey League have has been made confined to the premises of the Sports Authority Complex (SAI) in Bengaluru.
Amid the lockdown, the team's one of the most trusted faces, goalkeeper P R Sreejesh lauded the efforts made by his state Kerala to fight the battle against the virus. "The government, medical professionals and the people of the state are doing a commendable job in limiting the spread of the virus," said the seasoned player in an exclusive chat with senior journalist Digvijay Singh Deo WION.
Hailing from Ernakulam district in Kerala, Sreejesh had not been able to visit his home for a while and are putting up with the rest of the team in the SAI campus. He is concerned about his family who are there. "The safety of my family was my first concern when the crisis started. My father is over 60 yeas old and he is a heart patient, so it is extremely important for him to be safe and remain inside the house with my mother. I have told them not to leave the house unless it is for something urgent. I have two children who are less than six years old, so being away from them is tough, but I read the situation in Kerala is improving."
Seven new coronavirus cases were reported as of 8:00 AM on Apr 17 in Kerala, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Kerala to 395. Among the total people infected as on date, 245 have recovered and 3 have passed away. Kerala's 395 cases put it at number 10 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India. Within the country, Maharashtra continues to have the most cases with 3205, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.