LIVE sports excitement: Sports world keeping fans engaged

At a time when there is little real time sports excitement around with all the leagues and events shut down, sports world is taking to twitter to keep the fans engaged. From sports icons to IPL teams all are coming up with innovative ways to make their presence felt and assert their relevance.

As the world is combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, all the major sporting events in India and across the world are being postponed. While there is no live on-field action happening, India’s top athletes are taking to Twitter to engage with their fans.

While some come up with trivial stuff and messages, others are engaging fans with opportunities to score live – not even virtually, but with your cerebral skills and memory.

From Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) to Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania), prominent sports personalities have been connecting with their fans on Twitter to spread the message around staying safe during the current crisis, as well as to share how they’re spending their time while locked-down in their homes.

Twitter has shared this report on how sports enthusiasts are redefining sports engagement on the  social media platform in times of COVID-19 #LockDown –

Despite most sports coming to a halt, in a display of true sportsmanship, athletes and fans have not let these developments dampen their spirits. They are rethinking sports engagement and taking to Twitter to come together in times of social distancing through Twitter fan battles, Tweet Chats, the Safehands challenge, videos on tips and tricks to keep fit and stay active.

Twitter #FanBattle:

IPL teams, Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) and Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip), instilled a sense of sports community through a Twitter #FanBattle. With this exclusive Twitter only activation, they hit it out of the park. How? Well, move over stadiums, fans could participate in the #FanBattle by Tweeting their answers to quiz questions, puzzles and Twitter polls. Correct responses won scores for the fans’ chosen teams, letting them lead their teams to victory.

In the first #FanBattle, held this week, @lionsdenkxip won the battle as their fans scored 615 against @DelhiCapitals, who scored 396.

Other IPL (@IPL) teams also planned fun activities for their fans on Twitter. Not like creating excitement of a match like the Delhi Daredevils, but still good enough to keep fans busy and kill their boredom amidst the unprecedented confinement of  their  premises.

While sports fans are hooked to Twitter to stay connected with their favorite teams and players, sportspersons are also making an effort to bridge the gap during these uncertain times. Footballer Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11), cricketers Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15), Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet), Poonam Yadav (@poonam_yadav24), and many others, batted questions from fans in Q&A sessions. Driving the conversations with hashtags like #AskShreyas,  #AskPY, etc, they brought together fans from across the country to engage with them.

Fitness freak Suresh Raina, who has generously contributed ₹ 52 lakh to the  COVID-19 relief funds, is sharing some inspiring fitness routine video to inspire fans. Fans can choose to workout with Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) or bake with SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers).

Work for  home does not make possible to do all your daily chores, but then if someone like Jasprit Bumrah gets the luxury of being at home for weeks together the mom’s boy is keeping himself busy and mother happy. See how!!

Shreyas Iyer is as big an entertainer off the field as his cricketing skills keep the fans engaged. A thoroughly skilled magician, Iyer is keeping is fans engaged with some awe-inspiring tricks up his sleeve.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India @BCCI too is encouraging cricket enthusiasts to unleash their creativity and share poems, paintings, caricatures, etc. on cricket as well as their favorite players. Since then, Twitter has become a pool of creativity, with fans constantly contributing to it.

The right way to wash hands – athletes participate in #SafeHandsChallenge : In partnership with the World Health Organisation (@WHO), Twitter launched a #handwashing emoji to create awareness around the importance of clean hands in the current time and emphasize the importance of ‘washing hands frequently’ to curb spreading of COVID-19. . People can unlock the emoji by using any of the following hashtags #handwashing#SafeHands#HandWashChallenge#WashYourHands#हाथधोलेना#हाथकीसफाईमेंभलाई#हाथधोयाक्या. Many Indian athletes joined this movement and took the #SafeHandsChallenge.

Beyond this, there still continue to happen some serious business in the world of sports. InsideSport.co continues to bring the daily dose of news from the business world of sports without any interruptions as you continue to stay at home to stay healthy.

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