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Neeraj Chopra donates Rs 3 lakh to assist battle against coronavirus

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
Last updated on: March 31, 2020 22:07 IST
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Neeraj Chopra

IMAGE: Neeraj Chopra has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and is considered a strong medal contender. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Asian Games gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Tuesday donated a total of Rs 3 lakh to the central and Haryana state relief funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic in India.

 

Chopra is currently in self-isolation at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala after flying back from a training trip in Turkey.

"I have donated a sum of Rs.2 Lakh to #PMCARES fund and Rs.1 Lakh to the Haryana Covid Relief Fund. I hope we all can come together in our own individual capacities to bring relief during this time and help our nation overcome this pandemic," the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist tweeted.

Chopra, who hails from Panipat, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and is considered a strong medal contender.

India's tally of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 1000 with over 40 deaths reported so far.

India’s football team donates to PM-Cares Fund

The Indian football team has donated an undisclosed amount of money as its contribution towards the country's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, captain Sunil Chhetri said on Tuesday.

Chhetri said the team has sent the amount to the PM-Cares Fund.

"We've always received more than we can give. Which is why in this time of need, all of us national team players have come together and put on the table a sum that has been sent to the PM-Cares Fund to help India's fight with the pandemic," Chhetri said in a series of tweets.

"It's been heartening to see everyone – cutting across caps, goals, age and experience – give, and give with a smile. When word got out, even some who have long stopped pulling on an India shirt, turned up and asked to be counted. That's what a team is all about," he added.

Chhetri hoped that the act of the national football team will also "prod" others who have the means to donate.

"The ONLY reason we're talking about this here is so that it can gently prod those who have been fortunate enough to get, to give back. We're in this together."

The national team's two World Cup qualifiers matches earlier scheduled in March and June were postponed due to the worsening pandemic. The country, which is in the midst of a 21-day lockdown, has seen 35 deaths and have more than one thousand active cases.

TTFI contributes Rs 5 lakh for fight against COVID-19

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Tuesday pledged Rs 5 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the battle against the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

"The TTFI, as a part of its social responsibility, decided to contribute in its own small way a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund," TTFI said in a statement.

"A cheque for the amount was sent to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which had requested all National Sports Federations (NSFs) to make contributions to the Fund," it added.

TTFI president and Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Dushyant Chautala has also committed to a substantial sum which will be sent by the federation to the PM's Relief Fund in due course of time, the statement added.

 

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