Coronavirus: Kane Williamson pens open letter; defines ‘real pressure’
In an open letter, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson lauded the efforts put in by doctors, nurses, caregivers in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19)
Auckland: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has penned heartfelt letter where he lauded doctors, nurses and caregivers who are helping people in their fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The coronavirus crisis has made people to stay at their homes and not to venture out as it can lead to the spread of the deadly virus. All sports events across the globe have either been cancelled or postponed.
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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been put off for one year. In India, all cricket matches have been suspended. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) has been deferred till April 15.
As the world combats coronavirus, the 29-year-old Williamson wrote what “real pressure” means in the current situation. The Kiwi skipper said, “Real pressure is working to save lives. Real pressure is going into work each day while putting your own personal safety on the line for the good of others.”
Here is Williamson’s full letter, as published in New Zealand media.
“Dear doctors, nurses and caregivers,
Events of the past few days have made it clear we’re living through a health crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen.
There will no doubt be times in the coming days when the scale of what we’re facing will seem overwhelming.
We’re so grateful you have our backs.
People talk about the pressure sportsmen and women are under to perform, but the truth is we get to do something we love every day for a living. We play games.
Real pressure is working to save lives. Real pressure is going into work each day while putting your own personal safety on the line for the good of others.
Every day over the next weeks and months you and your colleagues will be asked to do that.
It’s an enormous responsibility that can only be carried out by the best kind of people: those who put the greater good ahead of all else.
As Blackcaps, we know how amazing it feels to have the support of a country behind you.
In that same vein, we need you to know you’re not alone. We want you to know that there’s a whole country behind you.
We will get through this and you are a big reason why.
On behalf of a grateful country, thank you.
Kane Williamson, Blackcaps captain”.