The Indian sports fraternity has already made a significant contribution to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic and continues to do so even now.
From superstar cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli to boxing and tennis legends Mary Kom and Sania Mirza, sports figures are doing whatever they can and donating as much they can to help the country limit the spread of the deadly virus.
Young Indian golfer Arjun Bhati is the latest sportsperson to join the bandwagon with the teenage sensation donating Rs 4.30 lakh towards the cause. But the 15-year-old has gone a step further and made the biggest sacrifice that an athlete could ever think of making to raise this money.
Bhati has sold all the trophies, which includes 3 world golf championship titles and national championship, to raise money for the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund which Narendra Modi has set up to provide relief to the affected people.
Bhati, who hails from Greater Noida, revealed that he sold all of his trophies to his relatives and friends of his parents to raise money.
Arjun Bhati – (@arjunbhatigolf) April 7, 2020
“As you all know, our country is going through a tough time, a difficult situation has arisen. I would like you all to come forward in helping the country. Do contribute in whatever capacity you can.
“In the last 8 years, I had won 102 trophies, I gave them to get some money and now I have contributed Rs 4 lakh and 30 thousand to the PM-CARES Fund. I would like everyone to utilise this time and follow self-isolation,” Bhati said.
“I wanted to do my bit in India’s fight against Covid-19. Since I have no earning of my own, I decided to sell my trophies. Trophies can be won later, but I can’t sit idle when my nation is in need of funds to fight the deadly disease.
“My relatives and friends of my parents have bought them. Though the trophies are still at my home. I will send them across once the lockdown is lifted,” Bhati added.
Total number of coronavirus cases in India stands at 4,789 with 124 deaths, as of 8.30 AM on April 8, 2020. 353 patients have recovered from the virus.