From Virat Kohli to Mary Kom - Sportspersons and state authorities who have donated to help India fight COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 08:09 AM(IST)

Indian sports have united in the fight against the novel coronavirus. These icons and associations have given hefty donations to relief funds so that India could gear up in its fight against the global pandemic. 

Check out your favourite stars in the list:

BCCI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has donated a sum of Rs 51 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) to help the Indian government in their effort to fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sachin Tendulkar

Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar took to social media to address the COVID-19 situation in the country and announced to donate to "raise funds for importing oxygen concentrators and donating them to hospitals across the country."

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PV Sindhu

Olympic medalist 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 fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

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Sourav Ganguly

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that he will provide free rice worth Rs 50 lakh to the poor and helpless people who have been put in government schools for safety and security amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli along with his wife and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma on Monday pledged their support to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra) in a bid to fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane has donated Rs 10 lakhs to Prime Minister Narender Modi’s relief fund for coronavirus-affected people.

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Hima Das

Indian sprinter Hima Das has also pledged to donate her one month's salary to Assam's COVID-19 relief fund.

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Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia is  India's best chance to win a medal in men's wrestling. The wrestler is the only Indian to win 3 medals at the World Wrestling Championships. He will compete in the 65kgs category. 

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Saurashtra Cricket Association

Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) has decided to donate an amount of Rs 42 lakh to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The association will be donating Rs 21 lakh each to Prime Ministers Relief Fund and Gujarat Chief Ministers Relief Fund set up for battling coronavirus pandemic.

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Mary Kom

India's boxing legend Mary Kom has decided to give away her one month Rajya Sabha salary.

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Suresh Raina 'balcony' row

Chennai Super Kings owner and former BCCI president N Srinivasan reacted to veteran batsman Suresh Raina pulling out of IPL 2020 as he said that the southpaw will regret his decision of heading back to India and would want to come back in some point of time apart from the hefty INR 11 crore per season of his salary.

Entire CSK fan base was left shocked when the Super Kings announced that Raina will miss IPL 2020 due to ‘personal reasons’. While speculation was rife that positive cases in the CSK contingent played a role in Raina pulling his name out of IPL 2020, the report in Outlook which had comments from Srinivasan as well, stated that Raina was unhappy with his hotel room and wanted a similar room which was allotted to MS Dhoni. Apparently, a room without balconies made Raina ‘claustrophobic’ in the strict bio-secure environment.

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Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir donated Rs 50 lakhs. 

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MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni on Thursday donated a sum of Rs 1 lakh to the Mukul Madhav Foundation via a crowdfunding website Ketto in Pune which will support 100 families for 14 days as India continues to remain in lockdown in a bid to fight against the deadly COVID-19. While some sportspersons have come forward and donated their bit in this time of crisis, Twitteratis were left completely baffled and angered to see Dhoni donating just Rs 1 lakh.

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