COVID-19 is spreading fast in Kashmir, need is to stop tournaments: Parvez Rasool

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Srinagar, July 16: J&K Ranji Trophy skipper Parvez Rasool today said that COVID-19 is spreading fast in Kashmir and there is immediate need to stop all the Cricket tournaments across the J&K and particularly in Kashmir.

There has been spike in COVID-19 positive cases in J&K and particularly Kashmir. Only on Thursday more than 400 cases were detected in J&K with majority of cases in Kashmir.

Seeing this happening Parvez Rasool has launched fervent appeal to the organisers to stop all the tournament so that virus spread could be controlled.

Amid all this increase in the number of cases in Kashmir there was need to stay extra cautious and follow protocols and precautions. But in Kashmir we have witnessed increase in the number of tournaments organised, particularly cricket. The events have also seen sizeable number of spectators turning out to witness the matches who doesn’t adhere to social distancing protocols.

“I believe there should be complete stop on the tournaments that are going on in various parts of the Kashmir and those coming up should be postponed, ” Said Parvez Rasool.

“In our local events it difficult to follow protocols and at the same time organisers can’t stop people from coming to witness the matches. As the COVID19 positive cases are fast rising in Kashmir these events are turning out suitable ground for the spread, ” He said.

He said players who need to train can practice individually while as senior players should guide youngsters.

“One can train individually or with friends keeping in mind all the social distance rules. It is the responsibility of our senior sportspersons who have represented JK at top level to act as role models. Youngsters look at them as role models and that makes them important. If they act responsibly, the youngsters will do the same”.

” Our senior players also should stop taking part in events this setting the example. They should also make people aware about social distancing, wearing masks so that spread of Virus can be stopped,” he added.