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Covid-19 battle: Figo, Carlos, Anelka support Dubai's 'Be Fit, Be Safe' campaign

Randall Rosario/Dubai
Filed on April 1, 2020
Portugal' former World Player of the Year Luis Figo (Reuters)

The campaign has already become a big hit with more than 3,800 people sharing their home workout videos and photographs with Dubai Sports Council

If you are worried about the lack of outdoor physical activities in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, well, three of the biggest names in world football have come forward to push you to discover the joy of keeping yourself fit even as the gyms around the UAE have shut their doors to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

'Be Fit, Be Safe' -- an initiative launched by the Dubai Sports Council -- has now received a shot in the arm as Portugal' former World Player of the Year Luis Figo, Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos and former French star Nicolas Anelka sent out video messages on social media, urging people in the UAE to stay fit as they cope with life indoors due to coronavirus.

Figo, the legendary Portuguese winger who left his mark on some of the biggest clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan, lent his support to the Dubai Sports Council initiative with a video message on social media.

"Hello, here all, this is Luis Figo to all my friends here in Dubai and the UAE in this difficult moments, what we have to do to take care of ourselves and others . we have to stay at home and try to be fit while we are at home. Let all say, 'Be fit. Be safe'. Take care," Figo concluded with a big smile.

Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender Carlos also backed the Dubai Sports Council initiative.

"Hello my friends in Dubai and UAE, stay at home, and be fit and be safe," Carlos, the iconic defender who was part of the 2002 Brazil World Cup-winning team, said in a video message.

Anelka also asked sports fans in the UAE to remain fit and safe amid the pandemic.

"What's up guys !!, this is Nicolas Anelka, to my friends in Dubai and the UAE.. be safe and don't forget to train while staying at home. Let's all say ' be fit, be safe'," Anelka, the former striker who had spells at Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris St. Germain and Chelsea, said.

These amazing messages from the global football stars will now inspire more people to stay fit and safe as the country joins the rest of the world in the battle against Covid-19.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, had earlier appealed to the people in the UAE to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

"It is my humble request to everyone to please be safe, be responsible, and to respect and follow all the precautionary safety measures recommended by the government and the health authorities. But also make sure you keep exercising because a healthy body means a strong immune system," Hareb had said while launching the 'Be Fit, Be Safe' campaign.

The campaign has already become a big hit with more than 3,800 people sharing their home workout videos and photographs with Dubai Sports Council.

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