As the world battles the Coronavirus pandemic, the All Nepal Football Association is working in cooperation with the KP Sharma Oli government to protect the citizens from the risks of the global health crisis. Since all the sports events have been suspended in lieu of the nationwide lockdown, the ANFA has offered its buildings such as association’s hotel and dormitories for purpose of quarantine facilities to ensure that the number of cases remains in control. It provided its Girl Football Academy based in Rautahat to the province to use as a quarantine center. All these academies spread across parts of Nepal are funded by FIFA.
Members of the All Nepal Football Association and players produced a video to raise awareness about the concerns related to the pandemic. In the video, they also thanked the frontline COVID-19 workers who are risking their lives to save the citizens. ANFA has provided its two ambulances to the Lalitpur Metropolitan city to help in the fight against the deadly disease.
Furthermore, the association affiliates such as District Football Association and Gorkha Football Association have pledged to provide aid to underprivileged citizens as the country grapples with the pandemic. For instance, the Gorkah Football Association has worked with the Gorkha municipality and provided food packages for the poor people of the area.
According to its website, the association recently distributed daily essentials such as vegetables and rice to 28 foreign football players and coaches of the A Division Clubs who are stuck in Kathmandu after flights were suspended by the government due to the lockdown. Using its vehicles the ANFA members have been visiting the players in different areas of Kathmandu and distributing the daily essentials.
The Nepal government on Sunday extended the lockdown till May 7 due to the surge in the number of Coronavirus cases in the country. Nepal has been under lockdown since March 23, which was later extended till April 27. This is the third phase of lockdown in the Himalayan nation. Moreover, the operation of international and domestic flights has been suspended till May 15 to combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. So far, the country has 52 infected cases, out of whom 16 have recovered from the disease.
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