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Neeraj urges India to act responsibly for sake of its poor

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, March 22: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra says he is keeping himself busy with workouts at gym and some movie-watching during self-isolation at NIS Patiala, urging the country to behave responsibly in its fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic for the sake of its poor.

Chopra, who has qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, has been ordered by Sports Authority of India (SAI) to remain self-isolated for 14 days after returning from a training stint in Turkey.

�I am not training at all. The gates of this hostel meant for those who have come back from foreign training have been locked. Not allowed to go anywhere but we are given an old gym to do some workout to keep ourselves fit,� Chopra told PTI on phone from Patiala.

�I am enjoying my spare time listening to music, speaking on phone with family and friends, and reading a bit also. Sometimes, I watch movies on my laptop.�

Chopra urged fellow Indians to take the dreaded coronavirus outbreak seriously and follow the guidelines issued by the authorities.

�People should take this pandemic seriously and follow guidelines. They should do this voluntarily like the Prime Minister�s �Janata curfew�. Countries in Europe are very small and they have better medical services but they are facing a huge crisis,� he reasoned. � PTI

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