As the new coronavirus continues to spread rapidly around the world, more and more sports stars and teams have donated millions of dollars to help health workers and hospitals fight the global pandemic.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the sports calendar, forcing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed and many major professional sports suspended. Some athletes also tested positive for the disease.
Some Athletes have chosen to single-handedly donate to the cause of the coronavirus cure.Such outstanding athletes are:-
On Wednesday, Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer and his wife Mirka said they have donated one million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland, which has 9,765 confirmed cases and a death toll of 103.
“These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind,” the former world number one wrote on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“Our contribution is just a start,” Federer added. “We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis.”
Footballer Lionel Messi have reportedly donated one million euros ($1.1 million) to the help against the coronavirus fight.
Messi’s donation went to Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, which is both treating the victims of the pandemic and researching the virus.
Cristiano Ronaldo have also reportedly donated one million euros ($1.1 million) to the cause.
Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes also jointly donated life-saving equipment to Portuguese hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.
Soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović launched a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Humanitas Research Hospital in Italy with a goal of raising 1 million euros ($1.07 million). The athlete revealed the effort via Instagram. “Italy has always given me so much and, in this dramatic moment, I want to give back even more to this country that I love,” he wrote in a caption to a video promoting the campaign.
Neymar shows his generous side as PSG star makes £750,000 donation to help the worldwide fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The 28-year-old donated just over £750,000 to humanitarian agency UNICEF and to a solidarity fund that had been set up by other celebrities.
The money donated by the Brazilian will help treat the people suffering from the COVID-19 virus as well as support those struggling due to the impact of the outbreak.
The former Barcelona winger made the donation anonymously, but he was later revealed by Brazilian TV show Fofocalizando as the benefactor.
Neymar has become the latest sports star to generously donate in order to help fight the virus that is claiming thousands of lives across the globe.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is donating $125,000 toward the coronavirus fight. The baseball star has pledged $50,000 to Giving Kitchen, $50,000 to Atlanta Community Food Bank and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.
Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons pledged to contribute $100,000 to pay the salaries of workers at the Little Caesars Arena after the NBA season was suspended.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who was the first NBA star to test positive for the virus, made a donation of about $500,000 across three organizations. Gobert promised $100,000 to pay part-time employees of the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City whose jobs were impacted, $100,000 each to support coronavirus-related social services in Utah and Oklahoma City, and 100,000 euros ($111,000) to go toward the coronavirus fight in his home country of France.
With the NBA season postponed, New Orleans Pelican Zion Williamson pledged on March 13 to cover the salaries of all workers at the Smoothie King Center, his home stadium, for 30 days. “This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates, and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis,” the Jordan Brand athlete wrote on Instagram.
Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks has pledged to donate $100,000 to help workers at his home stadium, Fiserv Forum. The Bucks organization announced it would match his contribution as well as that of teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee Buck Giannis Antetokounmpo has pledged a donation of $100,000 to pay the salaries of the staff at his home stadium, the Fiserv Forum, while the NBA season is suspended. “It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier,” he wrote in a March 13 tweet.