Athletes applaud the medical "heroes" battling against COVID-19 

Klay Thompson of United States looks on during a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game between the United States and France on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Klay Thompson of United States looks on during a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game between the United States and France on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

To mark the occasion of World Health Day on 7 April, Tokyo2020.org brings you a roundup of the messages athletes have sent to medical staff on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19. From emotional applause to heartfelt "thank yous" and promises of support, some of the world's greatest sportspeople have taken to social media to express their appreciation for these modern day heroes.

A special thanks from Klay Thompson

Team USA basketball star Klay Thompson said thank you to the medical personnel who are working day and night to keep people safe from illness.

Kipchoge filled with gratitude

Kenyan marathon world record holder and Olympic gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge expressed his gratitude to health workers all over the world with a special "Thank you" message for World Health Day.

Neymar claps his appreciation

Olympic football gold medallist Neymar encouraged people to put their hands together to celebrate the health workers who have risked their lives in the fight against coronavirus.

President of the International Olympic Committee pays tribute to "our true champions"

IOC President Thomas Bach sent a message to the medical professionals and volunteers fighting against the pandemic, highlighting their dedication, commitment and resilience, while looking forward to the day when we can "hug each other again."

British Cycling united in admiration

Some of the stars of British Cycling created a video expressing their appreciation for the health workers whose work today will be "lauded for generations to come."

Spanish athletes show their solidarity

And a selection of the best and brightest Spanish athletes joined together to send a message of solidarity to the doctors, nurses and healthcare personnel who are "giving everything" for the people of Spain during this difficult time.

P.V. Sindhu salutes the brave heroes of our time

Indian badminton player P. V. Sindhu saluted the frontline personnel who are helping "overcome the greatest challenge being faced by humanity in recent times."

Becks joins the UK in applauding the NHS

While in the UK, London 2012 torchbearer David Beckham joined millions of households in applauding the efforts of the "brave" men and women of the health service who are fighting against COVID-19.

Mossely gives up a prized possession to help French hospitals

French boxer and Rio 2016 gold medallist Estelle Mossely has auctioned off her favourite gloves, as athletes across France looked for ways to provide practical help to the hospitals dealing with a surge in patient numbers.

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Para athletes across the world say "thank you"

Some of the world's best Para athletes have come together to express "gratitude and appreciation and admiration" to the medical community on World Health Day.

Llodra calls on people to donate

Retired French tennis star Mickael Llodra made a plea for people to donate to help the "medial heroes", as well as patients who are suffering with COVID-19 at the current time.

Joel González Bonilla hails this year's true Olympic champions

While Tokyo 2020 may have been postponed until next year, Spain's London 2012 taekwondo gold medallist shows that the true champions of 2020 are the healthcare workers.