Tennis star Rafael Nadal has urged athletes from his native Spain to help raise a sum of £ 11 million to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the European nation.
Rafael Nadal has issued a cry of protest to Spanish athletes to help raise € 11 million to fight the coronavirus (Reuters)
- Now is the time when your athletes do not fail you: Rafael Nadal addressed his fans in a video
- I hope that all Spanish sports come together in a show of solidarity: Nadal
- Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had each donated a million euros
Rafael Nadal launched a war cry and asked Spanish athletes to help raise 11 million euros ($ 12.07 million) to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain is one of the most affected countries in the world with more than 56,000 cases and parliament voted to extend the coronavirus blockade until at least April 12 after the death toll rose to more than 4,000 on Thursday.
Nadal said he spoke to Pau Gasol of the NBA about what they could do to help and proposed the initiative to support the Red Cross in acquiring protective equipment and infrastructure to help vulnerable families in Spain affected by the virus.
"I think we are the athletes that we are in large part because of your support and now is the time when your athletes don't let you down," Nadal said in a video.
Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 26, 2020
"We conclude that now is the time to launch an initiative that we hope all Spanish sports will join in a show of solidarity and a good example of unity to align ourselves with the Red Cross Response."
"The objective is clear, it is to raise 11 million euros to help 1.35 million people. We trust that all Spanish sports will join … Pau and I have already made our donations and we trust you to make sure that this is our best victory. "
Nadal joins a list of athletes helping those in need, and Roger Federer also announced Wednesday that he was donating one million Swiss francs ($ 1.03 million) to vulnerable families in his native Switzerland.
Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola each had donated a million euros ($ 1.08 million) to help clinics and medical centers fight the outbreak, while Cristiano Ronaldo donated life-saving equipment to Portuguese hospitals. .
Real Madrid said the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium will be used as a makeshift storage facility, while Sergio Ramos and his wife Pilar Rubio donated 264,000 face masks and 15,000 coronavirus test kits through the charity UNICEF.
($ 1 = 0.9115 euros)
($ 1 = 0.9675 Swiss francs)