Whether it is football, soccer, basketball, hockey, or cricket, the spirit of sportsmanship never falters in the time of crisis. A remarkable instance of that is the sports fraternities’ financial aid in the time of the coronavirus outbreak.
Rohit, who is the vice-captain of the Indian ODI team, donated Rs 45 lakh and Rs 25 lakh to the CM’s Relief Fund and Pm’s relief fund. He has also given 5 lac to Zomato’s Feeding India Campaign and Rs. 5 lac to aid the welfare of stray dogs.
Suresh Raina made a generous donation of 31 lakh to PM CARES fund and Rs 21 lakh to UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund against the COVID-19 battle.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the Bollywood star, Anushka Sharma pledged an undisclosed amount to the PM CARES fund and CM’s relief fund.
The master blaster donated a hefty 50 lakhs to the cause of the outbreak. “Sachin Tendulkar decided to contribute Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. It was his decision that he wanted to contribute to both funds,” a source privy to the development, told on conditions of anonymity.
The BCCI president to express solidarity with the victims of the disease and recession donated 50 lakh worth of rice and other staples to the State of West Bengal.
Cricketer turned politician, Gautam Gambhir, has pledged Rs 50 lakh towards COVID-19 treatment. Gambhir wrote a letter to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, informing him of his donation. “Kindly direct the officers in charge to let my office know about the requirements, and please let me know if I could be of any other assistance,” he added.
Hima Das, the Asian Games Gold medalist, contributed her salary of 1 month to the Assam Govt Aroghya Nidhi Fund.
Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, pledged Rs 10 lakh for the fight against coronavirus. Mithali has decided to give Rs 5 lakh to the Prime Ministers Fund and 5 lakh to the Chief Ministers Assistance Fund of the Telangana government.
The Indian all-rounders Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav donated Rs.1.5lakhs and 2lakhs, respectively.
The tennis star Novak Djokovic and Jelena Djokovic extended aid of 1million to the NHS workers.
The 20 times Grand Slam champion Federer donated Rs.7.9cr (1 million Swiss francs) to the ‘most vulnerable families in Switzerland.’