Fighting COVID-19: Nadal’s initiative to raise € 11 million

Tennis icon Rafael Nadal has urged fellow athletes to raise € 11 million for contribution towards Spain’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. The virus that transmits from human to human has worldwide affected more than 5.25 lakh people, with 57,700 postive cases and 4,300 deaths reported from Spain.

Nadal has urged fellow Spanish athletes to help raise € 11 million to help fight the Coronavirus pandemic. NBA star Pau Gasol has joined Nadal for the noble cause.

“I think that we’re the athletes that we are in large part because of your support and now is that time that your athletes don’t fail you,” media has quoted Nadal as saying.

“We reached the conclusion that now is the time to launch an initiative which we hope that all Spanish sports come together in a show of solidarity and a good example of unity to align ourselves with the Red Cross Responde.

“The objective is clear, it’s to raise 11 million euros to help 1.35 million people. We trust that all of Spanish sport comes on board… Pau and I have already made our donations and we trust in you to make sure that this is our best victory.”

Earlier, Roger Federer had announced a donation of € 1 million to vulnerable families in his native Switzerland. In India, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar will  reportedly be contributing ₹ 50 lakh, while the Board of Control for  Cricket in India president and from Indian national cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly has also extended an help worth ₹ 50 lakh to poor and needy.