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Last updated on: January 08, 2005 16:18 IST

Here's a list of the donations made by sports organisations and personalities for the victims of the South Asian tsunami.

SPORTS

Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher topped donations by a long list of sports organisations and personalities with $10 million for the victims of the South Asian tsunami. The driver's manager Willi Weber announced the donation on a German television fundraising drive which raised over 34 million euros ($46.2 million) in pledges.

Russia's Wimbledon tennis champion Maria Sharapova gave $10,000 to Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while she was in Bangkok last week for an exhibition match.

The International Olympic Committee led the way, pledging $1 million, and further sports events are planned around the world to boost fundraising.

Many of Europe's top soccer teams, idolised by millions of fans around the Indian Ocean, have also given generously. German side Bayern Munich have offered to donate 300,000 euros ($410,000) to build a school or an orphanage in Sri Lanka. Germany's national team will take on an all-star Bundesliga international side on January 25 and the German FA has also pledged 1.5 million euros in emergency aid.

The English Premier League has pledged one million pounds ($1.9 million) with clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea contributing at least 50,000 pounds each.

Spanish champions Valencia have offered their stadium to host a fundraising match where they will join forces with city rivals Levante to face an XI made up from other Spanish clubs.

Serie A club Inter Milan raised 27,000 euros through a friendly with northern Italian side AC Pro Sesto and plan to auction off the players' shirts.

The Paris 2012 Corporate Club, a group of 14 major international French companies supporting the city's bid to host the 2012 Olympics, has donated 200,000 euros to charities.

German tennis player Nicolas Kiefer has found a novel way to raise money, saying he will donate $100 for every ace he serves in his next three tournaments while he plans an exhibition match with top Thai player Paradorn Srichaphan in the badly affected Thai resort of Phuket.

The ATP, the governing body of the men's professional tennis, has joined the relief effort with a series of activities during this week's Chennai Open, which is taking place close to the Indian coast hit by the tsunami.

India's Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, Rainer Schuettler of Germany, have agreed to donate their prize money from the USD 380,000 Chennai Open tennis tournament for the tsunami victims.

In the United States, NFL and NBA teams collected large sums from fans at games over the weekend and the International Rugby Board (IRB) has made a donation to U.N. World Food Programme.

Ireland's Ryder Cup hero Padraig Harrington pledged money for the victims of the tsunamis that swept Asia last week. The 33-year-old announced that all proceeds from the Padraig Harrington Charity Golf Show on January 22 at Dublin would go towards the Asian Tsunami Disaster Fund, through the Padraig Harrington Charitable Foundation. The 1,500 tickets for the show range in price from 30 euros for children to 65 for adults.

Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal and four other NBA players have promised to donate US$1,000 for every point they score in a game later this week.

Bob Sura of the Houston Rockets, Jalen Rose of the Toronto Raptors, and Spanish star Pau Gasol and Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies also are taking part in the US$1,000-per-point donations, which will be made to Unicef.

Over 60 youngsters taking part in the Sunfeast Junior Tennis championship series have donated Rs 100 per head from their allowances for the benefit of the Tsunami victims, organisers Calcutta South Club. A total amount of about Rs 7,000 has been raised.

NBA's Kobe Bryant, Tracey McGrady and Bob Sura each contributed $1,000 for every point they scored to tsunami relief efforts and the three players combined to raise $73,000 for the fund.

CRICKET

Virender Sehwag's bat with which he scored 309 runs was auctioned for Rs 70,000.

Anil Kumble's t-shirt, which he wore while claiming his 434th wicket, was sold for Rs 30,000.

Parthiv Patel on Monday presented a cheque of Rs two lakh to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the national relief fund for tsunami victims. The young cricketer collected donations from school children in the city.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India donated Rs one crore to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

The Indian cricketers have indicated they will each donate match fees of one match. They are yet to decide whether the match will be a one-day international or a Test match.

The Australian team donated Australian $17,000, its prize money from the Melbourne Test against Pakistan. Cricket Australia is also making a matching donation to take the total amount to Australian $34,000.

The English team and its players association, the Professional Cricketers Association, donated 20,000 pounds to assist relief efforts.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has pledged the gate receipts from its upcoming series against Zimbabwe, estimated at $10,000, to the relief efforts.

Teams from Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa will donate signed memorabilia for auction in support of relief efforts.

Collections are also planned during the New Year's Day Tests in both Australia and South Africa.

Cricket South Africa has pledged a donation and the South African mobile phone network MTN, a co-sponsor of Test cricket along with Castle Lager, will donate the proceeds from its match day 'SMS The Scoreboard' phone line. A pledge line will also be in operation during the third Test against England.

New Zealand Cricket will donate $1 from every ticket sold of the Twenty20 game to be played between Australia and New Zealand while NZC's ticketing partner Ticketek will donate its share of the service fee on all the tickets for the unplayed matches directly to the World Vision charity.

NZC's apparel supplier and partner Wstar will donate a portion of the sale price of all products sold at the ground during the forthcoming Australian tour of New Zealand to the relief efforts.

The ICC will stage two matches between the world's best players to raise millions of dollars for victims of the disaster. The first match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 10, while the second will be played in February or March in Asia.

The Bengal Ranji Trophy squad to donate their prize money for the first one day match against Jharkhand, amounting to about Rs 50,000.

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