AFC lauds AIFF, Indian players for contribution in fight against COVID-19

The AFC has lauded the AIFF and its players for their financial contributions and role in charity initiatives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Indian football team, including skipper Sunil Chhetri and Pritam Kotal (in picture), had made financial contributions to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has lauded the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its players for helping the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by making financial contributions and taking part in charity initiatives.

In its latest newsletter, the AFC has praised the member associations, including India, which are doing a “lot of social work to help the distressed in this hour of global crisis.”

“The All India Football Federation (AIFF), the Guam Football Association (GFA), the J.League and the Wuhan Football Association have helped by giving donations, promoting public awareness messages and opening training centres to house medical teams,” AFC stated in a press release.

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The AIFF contributed Rs 25 lakh to Prime Minister CARES Fund.

“The AIFF contributed INR 25 lakhs (approximately US$33,000) to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘PM CARES Fund’, while players from India - Pritam Kotal, Pronoy Halder, Prabir Das and Arindam Bhattacharjee - have contributed a combined total of INR145,000 (approximately US$2,000) to various charities and donated food, and organised feeding the poor programmes in the country,” the statement said.

Forward Jeje Lalpekhlua did his part by donating blood to the Synod Hospital in Durtlang, Mizoram, while CK Vineeth helped in his hometown of Kannur in Kerala by volunteering to join a government helpline centre.

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AIFF President Praful Patel, who is a FIFA Council and AFC Executive Committee Member, said, “The love, care and support from our countrymen has provided motivation to us all throughout. Hence, now is the time to pay our country back in whatever manner we can. We need to stand together and help each other overcome this crisis.”