Sportspersons should rise up and be proactive in the fight against Covid-19

Covid-19 pandemic racing against athletes: Sheila Kiplagat, a marathoner, carries stones at a construction site in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County to enable her put something on the table and pay rent on May 14, 2020. A group of upcoming athletes are doing manual jobs to fend for themselves and their families after all races were either cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Meanwhile, across the border in Ethiopia last weekend, the country’s running legends staged a virtual race to help raise funds for Addis Ababa’s fight against Covid-19
  • It’s uplifting to see marathon stars Eliud Kipchoge and Lawrence Cherono lead, from personal resources, in distributing food to athletes worst affected by Covid-19
  • Footballers and athletes from other sports are suffering too and even the government stimulus plan won’t entirely be enough consolation with equally drained landlords cemented at their doors

On Monday, the Fifa Foundation announced it would organise a special football match to raise funds towards aiding the battle against Covid-19.

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