The number of positive cases in India has surpassed the 600-mark, while 13 deaths have been reported so far, prompting the government to put the country under lockdown. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
World champion shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday donated Rs 5 lakh each to the Chief Minister's Relief Funds of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed over 21,000 lives globally. The number of coronavirus positive cases in India has surpassed the 600-mark, while 13 deaths have been reported so far, prompting the government to put the country under lockdown till April 14 to halt the spread of the virus. "I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five lakhs ) towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19," the Hyderabad-born shuttler wrote on her twitter handle. Telangana was created out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
The deadly disease, which has infected more than 4,00,000 people worldwide, has brought all sporting activities across the globe to a grinding halt, disrupting the Olympic qualifiers before pushing the Tokyo Games to next year. Sindhu, who claimed a silver at the Rio Olympics, is assured of a spot at the Tokyo Games based on her rankings but has to wait for next year to compete in her second Olympics.
I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five lakhs ) towards the "Chief Ministers Relief Fund"— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) March 26, 2020
for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19. @TelanganaCMO @AndhraPradeshCM
The BWF had, earlier this month, suspended all the HSBC BWF World Tour and other tournaments from March 16 to April 12 before further suspending five more tournaments. These included the three continental championships falling inside the April 26 deadline for Olympic qualification.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Thursday decided to donate Rs 50 lakh to the Maharastra government in its fight against the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. MCA Secretary Sanjay Naik told PTI that the city's cricket body conducted it's Apex Council meeting on Thursday in which it authorised the President and Secretary to decide the donation amount. "Accordingly we decided to donate Rs 50 lakh," said Naik.
A MCA Apex Council member said that the amount will be donated to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. The member also said that the MCA is also ready to give its properties including the Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai for quarantine in case the government requires it. Maharastra is one of the most affected states in the country due to the Coronavirus with 124 positive cases reported till Thursday afternoon.