New Delhi: December 1 was the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. And once again sportsmen and women around the world pledged their support for the fight against the dreaded disease.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been involved in the project since 2003 and many cricketers have lent a helping hand over the years. In South Africa, national team players Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers visited a Lovelife project, which seeks to reduce the HIV infection rate among young South Africans.
"We will be wearing a little red ribbon when we are playing cricket. It's not a big deal for us but it makes a massive difference out there and I would like to challenge everyone out there to actually go and put in the odd outs to make a difference to people's lives," said de Villiers.
England's women's cricket team will also wear red ribbons at next year's World Cup to show their support. And in November in Bangalore, England bowler Isa Guha realised the importance of education and awareness.
"You know, a lot of them did not know how they were contracting the disease until they came into this drop-in centre and found out why all of a sudden they have got this disease. There are four different ways you can contract this disease and they were telling me about it," said Guha.
Not just cricketers, even footballers are doing their bit. English Premier League stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Michael Ballack have helped make a film for World AIDS Day.
"Today, tomorrow, every single day that we live 5,500 people are dying because of AIDS. So I think we have to try, I don't know in which way, but we have to try to stop that, and I think we need the help of everyone to make that happen," said Adebayor.
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