By Azhikkakath Joseph Antony
It will be Mother Earth’s salute to sacrifices by frontline health-care workers! Hyderabad-based Academia Sports Village (ASV), an international multi-sports society, its affiliates First Serve and RR Foundation, will join hands with various UN bodies and NATO in a call to declare January 30 each year as International Quarantine Day.
“It was on the said date that The WHO had declared Covid 19 as a pandemic,” said Mohammad Shamsuddin, CEO, ASV. The infected/death count mounted by the minute with thousands perishing in its trail of destruction. Mankind, mostly a mute witness, had to go into hiding (isolation) to check the scourge’s spread before trying to find a cure to combat it.
In India, the designated day will coincide with Martyr’s Day, marking the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, known universally as an apostle of peace and non-violence. As international/national ‘awareness/observance days’ celebrate culture, nature and world heritage, this drive aims to commemorate, promote and mobilize for action. It could thus be humanity’s cry to save humanity!
To turn the spotlight on the selfless at the forefront of this war that threatens the very survival of the species, some proposals made are:
· Observing two minutes silence from 12 pm to 12.02 pm to remember those who laid down their lives to save those of others.
· World rallies/marathons to applaud, motivate those weary from a perpetual, round- the- clock state of emergency
· A worldwide concert staged by global celebrities, proceeds from which will go to the WHO and UNESCO to help healthcare workers and countries devastated by the disease.
About Academia Sports Village
ASV and First Serve initiated international quality coaching in the Twin Cities when it organized a fortnight-long tennis camp titled ‘First Serve’ helmed by highly qualified coaches from Spain and Switzerland at the Jubilee Hills International Club. Taking it a step further, ASV invited five internationally acclaimed coaches from Barcelona to conduct ‘First Goal Matadepera,’ a first of its kind football clinic.
Drawing on experience distilled from European training academies such as Smart Football, Tecnifutbol, Sports Village Europa, CE Futbol Salou and Keynut, Shamsuddin also engaged experts from the above entities to screen and select local talent in a professional and unbiased way to pick youngsters for exchange training programmes in Europe.
In February, it conducted a high profile tennis camp overseen by Croatian coach Duje Tomasovic at the Hyderabad Polo Riding Club in Aziznagar. Through the RR Foundation set up in memory of his late father, M.A. Rahim, Shamsuddin also reaches out to under privileged children, providing them opportunities not only to play tennis and football but attend coaching camps as well.
It may be noted that on the above lines, the ‘One World: Together At Home’ concert on April 18 attempted to draw international attention to the plight of millions. WHO and Global Citizen co-hosted the worldwide on-air special to acclaim and support frontline healthcare workers.
Curated by Lady Gaga, the broadcast included appearances by Andrea Bocelli, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, John Legend, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.
This historic event, hosted by TV anchors Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, featured real experiences from doctors, nurses and families around the world. Benefits from the show will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, to local and regional charities that provide food, shelter and healthcare to the most needy.