Indian footballer Indumathi Kathiresan dons police uniform amid fight against COVID-19

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Many across the country are doing their bit in whatever way they can as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Pune: Many across the country are doing their bit in whatever way they can as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

We have seen several sportspersons contribute in the fight against COVID-19 in ways beyond what is expected from them. Apart from cricketers many athletes in the country are contributing in a battle against coronavirus.

Examples of this being India's kabaddi great and former national captain Ajay Thakur who has been serving in the Himachal Pradesh Police, while footballer CK Vineeth served at a call centre in Kerala, taking part in relief efforts. Hockey player Anup Valmiki as well was seen working at CST railway station in Mumbai, helping with services there.

One such athlete is Indian women's football team player Indumathi Kathiresan, who has been working with the Tamil Nadu Police and serving in Chennai, while donning the uniform and taking precautionary measures as well like constantly wearing a surgical face mask and hand gloves.

Kathiresan has been working in relief efforts against the pandemic as hard as she does on the football field, and while the demands of the job take a toll on her, she realises the need of the hour.

"It has been a demanding time for me personally. I have barely had the time to do anything else. In difficult times like these, you generally want to spend some time with your family, but I have not had much opportunities to do that," Indumathi informed. "It is a call for the nation. I have to play for the nation every day during Covid19 pandemic, and I had to respond fast," said Kathiresan in an interview to the-aiff.com.

She reports for duty at seven in the morning as is usually on the road till midnight as she patrols the streets in Chennai.

A sub-inspector with the Tamil Nadu Police, Kathiresan stated that while this a difficult time, she has no complaints whatsoever.

The 25-year-old mid-fielder was the joint top-scorer at the 2019 SAFF Women's Championships and has been an integral part of the women's national side.

Kathiresan spoke about some of the most memorable wins for her in the Indian jersey, but said that what stands out most is helping and serving the country to the best of her ability.

HONOURED TO SERVE THE NATION

"Of course, it is an absolute honour to play for India. There are some moments in the India jersey, like when we qualified for the Olympic Qualifiers Round 2, or when we won the SAFF Championship last year. I will never forget these moments," Kathiresan said.

"But I also take a lot of pride in serving the country in my police uniform, at a time when the nation needs us the most. I will keep serving as long as my nation needs me to serve,” Indu, as she is fondly called, said further.

She concluded with a message for her fans and the rest of the countrymen, urging one and all to co-operate with the respective authorities.

"It is for the people of this country that my colleagues and myself are working day and night. We hope that you too would help us out by following the safety precautions and keeping yourself safe," Kathiresan said.

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