After the Ice Bucket Challenge that took the celeb world by storm last year, it’s the turn of #dizzygoals, a new campaign. In support of the UN Global Goals initiative for sustainable development, the ­challenge invites people to run around a football until they’re dizzy, and then try to score a goal.
While several international sportstars have taken the challenge and posted videos online, it’s Bollywood actors who have taken the lead in India. On Friday, actor Jacqueline Fernandez became the first Asian female celeb to score a dizzy goal. “It just ­happened!” the ecstatic actor can be seen shrieking in the video that has gone viral since.
Jacqueline, who is ­currently shooting in Dorset, UK, took the penalty successfully after going around the ball 15 times. Her co-actor, Akshay Kumar, also sportingly tried, but was unable to ­convert his penalty. Akshay, in fact, was the first Indian star to take up the challenge two weeks back, and lend support to the cause.
Jacqueline Fernandez is the first Asian female celeb to score the dizzy goal. (Twitter)
Among the international sportstars who took the challenge early on is Real Madrid’s winger Gareth Bale. He was followed by ­former English footballers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer. Jordon Ibe, Joe Gomez, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane are some of the other international footballers, among many others, who attempted to score #dizzygoals.
Olympic gold ­medal-winning athlete Usain Bolt also took the dizzy ­challenge, and scored. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene recently ­completed the challenge, and has now invited captain of the Indian Test team, Virat Kohli, to do the same.
The #dizzygoals challenge
The #dizzygoals challenge is in support of a worldwide campaign by The Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Global Goals are a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030 and, will be agreed by 193 world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 25. Filmmaker Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually) leads this initiative and aims to reach seven billion people in seven days.