Apart from Bollywood celebs, Indian sports fraternity also joined the race to raise funds to fight the coronavirus menace. Among the cricketers, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
India’s richest sporting body, the BCCI, on Saturday pledged a donation of Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund in country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other prominent cricketers, the Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf — donated 4000 face masks to Baroda police and health department while the former World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, through a Pune based NGO, contributed Rs 1 lakh.
Former Indian batsman and Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir said that he has released Rs 1 crore out of his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina also contributed to the relief funds to fight the coronavirus. Stepping up in the times of need, Raina donated Rs 52 lakh to combat the deadly coronavirus.
Star India batsman Rohit Sharma has donated Rs 80 lakh to fight the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, saying the onus is on the citizens to help the country get back on its feet. He has given Rs 5 lakh to ‘Zomato Feeding India’, which is helping families affected by the ongoing national lockdown, and another Rs 5 lakh to help aid the welfare of stray dogs.
Among athletes from other disciplines, wrestler Bajrang Punia, sprinter Hima Das and shuttler PV Sindhu are some of the prominent names to have donated their salaries in the battle against the dreaded virus which has led to a 21-day national lockdown.
Das will be donating her salary to Assam’s COVID-19 relief fund. PV Sindhu has also donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs 5 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Star wrestler Bajrang Punia, who works as an OSD in Railways, has already donated his six months’ salary to Haryana coronavirus relief fund.