April 06, 2020
Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert, who was diagnosed with Coronavirus earlier in March, took to his official Instagram page to share his workout video after beating the deadly virus.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken the whole world by storm and forced a shutdown of most social activities, including crowd-pulling sports games like basketball.
Last month, the NBA was forced to suspend all games indefinitely after Jazz player Rudy Gobert got diagnosed with the highly contagious virus.
Apart from the NBA, other professional leagues and NCAA tournaments also postponed their rooster or canceled events outrightly, as a result of the pandemic.
Rudy was the first NBA player to be diagnosed with COVID-19, but as of today, there are ten known cases of the Coronavirus in the NBA.
After undergoing weeks of treatment, the basketball player was cleared of the illness on Friday. Rudy took to Instagram to share a video of him doing some boxing workouts with his trainer. He captioned the video, "Back at it."
In the video, Rudy looked sharp and fit, as he was put through the paces by his trainer after being sidelined for over three weeks due to the Coronavirus.
Gobert came in for some heavy criticism last month before he contracted the virus when video shots caught him touching the microphones of reporters in a way that undermined the precaution that was being taken against the virus at the time.
Rudy's teammate Donovan Mitchell who was also diagnosed with the virus, has made a full recovery.
After his diagnosis, Rudy issued a public apology on Instagram and followed it up by donating over $500,000 to assist people affected by the virus.
Some of the donations were also made to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the player's home country, France. While giving fans an update about his health, Rudy wrote on Twitter:
"I wish I would have taken this thing more seriously, and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together."
Rudy's teammate Donovan Mitchell who was also diagnosed with the virus, has made a full recovery. Both players are now back to good health and trying to boost their fitness ahead of the return of competitive games.
However, the NBA, on its part, has not given any specific time for when the season would return, as a lot of factors need to be considered.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, and more than half of the social and economic activities globally have been brought to a halt as people practice self-isolation.