New Delhi: To help India fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Hockey India (HI) on Saturday (April 4) announced an additional Rs 75 lakh towards the ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund).

On April 1, HI had announced the contribution of Rs 25 lakh towards the cause. However, the HI Executive Board took a unanimous decision to grow the contribution to a total of Rs 1 crore towards the PM CARES Fund, a media release from HI said.

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Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju appreciated HI for donating Rs 1 crore. "I appreciate @TheHockeyIndia for contributing Rs 1 Crore towards the #PMCaresFund showing solidarity in India's resolve to fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic. #IndiaFightsCorona (sic)," Rijiju wrote on his Twitter page.

“In the wake of this crisis, it is the need-of-the-hour to step up and come together to stand with the Government of India who are doing everything they can to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the years, we have received tremendous support from the people of this country who have kept us motivated through various challenges. This is the time to give back to the people of India in whatever we can,” stated HI president Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad.

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Rajinder Singh, secretary general, HI, reflected the president's thoughts and said, “Hockey India has always believed in helping those in need and I am proud the Executive Board took this unanimous decision to contribute a total of Rs 1.00 Crore towards the PM Cares Fund. With millions of Indian lives affected because of this pandemic, it was important for us to step up keeping in mind the interest of the nation.” 

HI CEO Elena Norman commented, “Hockey India has been built by the nation and hence must do as much as we can for the nation during these testing times. We hope our contribution of Rs 1.00 crore to the PM Cares Fund will help provide vital facilities to those in need. With this, we support all heroic efforts being made to fight this pandemic.”